Finger-jointed Bubinga Jewelry box

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Project by Dan Bachelor posted 01-22-2010 11:29 PM 2316 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Bubinga Jewelry box was my first “real” woodworking project. The foolishness of taking on such a project the first time out could only have been inspired (of course!) by love… It was a Christmas present for my girlfriend, who (FINALLY) received her ‘christmas’ box for a Valentine’s day present!!

In the end, though, I was very satisfied and proud; I did everything down to sewing the cloth for the pouch inside the lid. There is a “secret” compartment which is able to be lifted out of the back when the drawers are opened and contains three small compartments that slide out/swing open.

The box is finished in Tru-oil, which I really liked but proved to be quite difficult to get a clear finish on the top with grain running in different directions. I had tried buffing it to a polish as well as spraying a final coat—both without much luck. I finally finished it off with one last extremely careful wiped on coat, which was 85% satisfying. Sigh.

-- Dan B

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#1 posted 01-22-2010 11:42 PM

Very nice jewelry box! You attention to detail shows.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#2 posted 01-22-2010 11:59 PM

Beautiful work!! I like yoiur secret compartments, I’ll have to remember that. WElcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 12:30 AM

Dan, nice for a first project, can’t wait to see number two.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 12:31 AM

I would consider this a great job if done by a veteran woodworker. The fact that this is your first “real” project makes this even more impressive. Bubinga is one of my all time favorite woods. In fact, I am currently making a Bubinga/Maple bed. I’m very impressed with the secret compartment despite the fact that I don’t really understand how it works.

Can you tell us what the other woods are?

You have a great future as a woodworker.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 01-23-2010 12:34 AM

Great job.

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#6 posted 01-23-2010 12:41 AM

Nice job. Lots of detail in the box.

-- wchips

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#7 posted 01-23-2010 01:08 AM

Hey, thanks a lot everybody! Gee, I would have joined a long time ago had I known it would be such a reaffirming experience! =D

Rich, the other woods are wengie, purple heart, and ipe (aka ironwood—leftover from my dad’s deck!). The liftout assembly slides out from the back of the box (with the top open)—out of the wide slot where long necklaces would hang into if they weren’t stuffed into the pouch in the lid. The sliders on the drawers extend past the sides of this compartment (all the way to the back wall of the box), which not only allows for full pullout on the drawers without them falling out, but also sort of “lock in” the secret assembly if the drawers are closed so it couldn’t lift out. The liner is attached at the ends and not along the middle, so it serves as a handle to lift the whole thing out.

Again, thanks everybody for the accolades!

-- Dan B

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#8 posted 01-23-2010 01:49 AM

nice job.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 01-23-2010 03:50 AM

Wow, the detail on the inside is inspiring. I can’t wait to see your 100th project if this is how you are starting out.

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#10 posted 01-23-2010 08:53 AM

Fantastic. What a wonderfull jewelry box. I am sure she thinks it was worth the wait. Outstanding design and build. Beautifull wood choices and finish also.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 01-23-2010 03:30 PM

Top Notch! Should be Proud!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 01-23-2010 03:57 PM

Outstanding, certainly a labor of love. The only problem with jewelry boxes are, sooner or later you will hear
” Now you got to fill it”

-- So Many tools, So little time

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#13 posted 01-27-2010 06:25 PM

Super box! Your attention to detail is to be admired.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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