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Project by jeff_wenz posted 1704 days ago 2746 views 12 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is Wood Magazine’s Jewlery Box found in the Dec ‘09 / Jan ‘10 issue. I found the velvet shaped partitions for the drawers at Bed Bath and Beyond. Once I saw them, I knew my wife would enjoy the built-in organization. So I built the drawers around the partitions and the box around the drawers. The drawers ended up being 8” x 15” (inside dimensions).

I was happy to be able to use my 2 latest tool purchases. My first bandsaw (Delta 14” 3/4 HP) and my Rigid spindle sander (which my wife gave me for my birthday a couple months ago).

I used some concentrated Lipton tea (actually it was probably Food Lion brand) to pop the grain (didn’t have any dye on hand) followed by 5 coats of wipe-on poly (Minwax clear gloss) with 400 grit sanding between each coat. I like to apply paste wax after the final sanding.

The cherry came from the front yard of a friend. It was my first experience of the sawing and drying lumber process. I like to call it my “Scotts Hill cherry”.

I had found the figured maple at a warehouse type store in with the regular maple. I bought it at the regular maple price and have been saving it for a “special” project. I have been showing off the board to my friends for the last couple of years. I think that is why she cried when she opened it Christmas morning – because she knew I was saving that “special” board for a “special” project.

-- Jeff, North Carolina





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depictureboy

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#1 posted 1704 days ago

very nice. Ill have to check out my BBB to see if they have similar partitions at mine. Those are hard to find….

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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webwood

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#2 posted 1704 days ago

very nicely done – love the drawer pulls

-- -erik & christy-

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jm82435

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#3 posted 1704 days ago

beautiful project.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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TurnTurnTurn

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#4 posted 1704 days ago

Terrific work, I was just reviewing this plan in Wood magazine. Guess my next stop with be Bed Bath and Beyond. Thanks for sharing!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 1704 days ago

Excellent work all the way around.

I’m going to have to check my local BB&B for those partitions. That kind of thing is generally pretty hard to find.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Pdub

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#6 posted 1704 days ago

Great job on the jewelry box, and the perfect (special) person to build it for. I’ve been looking at this project since I got the issue and thinking I should build it. Just wish I had some wood as beautiful as yours. Guess I’ll have to keep looking.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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jeff_wenz

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#7 posted 1703 days ago

Turn,

The partitions are made by NeatNix My local Bed Bath and Beyond sells the Jewelry Stax line (which is what I bought). At BBB, they were right around $15 per drawer. Looking at NeatNix’s website, it appears buying from them is about 25% more expensive.

Honestly, I was a little put off at spending around $50 for the drawer partitions, but when I spread the cost over a lifetime of use, it was a cost I was willing to incur.

Note my 8×15 inside drawer dimensions as I wanted a nice snug fit.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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Kate

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#8 posted 1703 days ago

looks great

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 1703 days ago

That’s one cool jewelry box great job beautiful.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Andy

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#10 posted 1703 days ago

Very nice version. I thought it was a picture from the mag.
I know she liked it too!

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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bigike

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#11 posted 1703 days ago

this came out real nice, if u didn’t have the band saw and only had a scrollsaw and a jig saw do u think u could have still done the shape for the pulls and box top/bottom?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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jeff_wenz

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#12 posted 1703 days ago

Big Ike,

The tallest drawer front (on my version) is 2 1/8” tall. So if your scroll saw can cut stock that tall, I don’t see why you couldn’t.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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jeff_wenz

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#13 posted 1703 days ago

QUESTION:

What type of figured maple do I have? Is it tiger maple? Ribbed maple?

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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Monty Queen

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#14 posted 1703 days ago

Wow, awesome box, great job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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griff

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#15 posted 1703 days ago

awesome build Jeff. Beautiful

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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