One for my Daughter

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Project by Don posted 12-19-2006 08:58 AM 7111 views 25 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelery box was inspired by one shown in Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making, by Doug Stowe, page 97. There are no drawings or dimensions given in this publication, so this is my interpretation.

I continue on my quest to make perfect dovetails by hand, but I’m not there there yet. The ones in the top four corners are mitered dovetails, a first for me, and a little trickier than standard through-dovetails.

I cut the top away on the table saw after joining up the four sides. Each of the three drawers and the top shelf have slightly different divider configurations to accommodate a variety of jewelery items. The drawer dividers are removable so that the felt liners may be removed for cleaning or replacement. The Ebony handles are press fit into mortises (no glue). I hope they hold.

The primary timber is nicely figured Queensland Maple (Flindersia Breyleyana). The dividers and drawer sides are European Beech with Solomon Island Ebony drawer handles (Ebenaceae, Magnoliophyta, order Ebenales, class Magnoliopsida). The grain of the Maple runs continuously around the box, but this is not that noticeable when interrupted by the drawers and dovetails.

The 10mm Concealed Barrel Hinges and Brusso Lid Support are from Lee Valley. The finish is four coats of MinWax WipeOn Poly with a light buff with steel wool in between each coat. Great stuff!


-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 01-25-2007 08:26 PM

Sorry Don,
I never got around to make a comment on this beautiful jewelry box. Precision joinery, and detail as usual, & I love the wood.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 01-25-2007 08:32 PM

Unfortunately, the color shown in the photo’s is a little off and I was unable to correct it. The color in the lower left photo is the most accurate.

Dick, thanks for your kind comment.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 01-25-2007 08:57 PM

it is beautiful indeed… so many little places to put things.
very intricate work!! lovely

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 01-25-2007 09:13 PM

Very nice work! You should make some to sell. You’d make a fortune! I hope my niece doesn’t see it or she’ll want to know why I didn’t make her one like yours. Very very well done, Don.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 01-25-2007 09:14 PM

For a guy who can make toilet paper defy the law of gravity, I believe you can get that color right. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 02-01-2007 09:15 PM

I especially like the dove tail on the front tops and sides. well crafted and beautiful

-- All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

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#7 posted 04-08-2007 10:39 PM

I wish I owned this box, it is wonderful with all those dividers.

I found an old silverware box at the goodwill a few years ago. It had never been used. It has two drawers at the bottom, both different sizes and than the top opens. I gutted the whole thing and made a padded liner for the top part. The insides of the drawers when gutted were not damaged so I was able to just line them with black felt. I saw a jewelry box that looked just like my box at a jewelry store that was about 1/5 the size selling for $100. The top part has places to put knifes in the lid, I just use that to insert and hang my earrings by the wires. My box doesn’t have any drawer dividers. My box is hardly as nice as yours but it works pretty good. I bought my box for around $15. It has a metal plate on the lid for engraving just like the little one in the jewelry store I was. It still has it’s blue film over it since the box was never used. It has one small scratch on the box but that’s it. I don’t know what kind of wood it is, it is made to look like dark cherry. One the both sides of the box are handles for lifting and carrying about.

So next time you see a silverware box with drawers maybe you can recycle it too.


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#8 posted 04-09-2007 01:55 AM

Don Great looking box. Sorry I didn’t post on it when it first came up.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 05-21-2007 04:41 PM

this is wonderful Don. I missed this one back in December. You are a very talented woodworker, and a nice guy to “boot”. (that is a Kansas expression, meaning “to go along with it”, not that you are a “trunk” as our English friends would think, nor a person to “kick”).

appreciate you,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#10 posted 05-21-2007 04:47 PM

Thanks so much friends, I appreciate these comments more than you can imagine, coming from such skilled woodworkers. It’s enough to keep me going for a month. LOL

Mark, I am familiar with the term; thank you for your compliment.

Kind regards,

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#11 posted 06-21-2007 09:20 PM

Don, you are a master craftsman! Very nice work. Watch out for those kangaroos over there ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 07-13-2007 03:23 AM

nice box … have two grown daughters and three grand daughters. this has got me thinking

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 07-14-2007 08:09 PM

Ohmigoodness, Don- what a masterpiece. Thanks for showcasing this.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 07-17-2007 09:17 PM

Don! WOW! I missed this one. What a great box!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 07-17-2007 09:20 PM

Skipping through the shuffle buttons and I find this fantastic woodworking art piece.

Thanks for sharing this with us a long while ago Don. Great workmanship in this.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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