Jewelry box for my daughter

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Project by ToddTurner posted 01-25-2010 12:47 AM 2056 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a jewelry box i made for my 16 year old daughter. She just got her learner’s permit to drive, so I chose that as a reason to give it to her. It is made of Jarrah, or better known as Eucalyptus. It has clear gloss, poly spray on finish.

First, the pictures are terrible-and I am usually a pretty good photographer, as long as i am on the back end of the camera! The pictures give it white streaks for some reason and there are no white streaks in the material. It is a deep, rich, aged red. The material came from an old bbq grill that i retired last year but just couldnt toss the wooden frame. If you have ever hear of Barbeques Galore, a few years ago they made grills with Jarrah frames. Of course being a wood guy at heart, I had to have it!

Second, this is my first box i ever made; along with the first box joints I ever put on a project. I have read a lot about making boxes and didnt see what people are so excited about making a box. It looks relatively simple, so it must be. Come to find out, I was pretty much right. I put a lot of precision into what ever i do so making precise cuts is normal to me. It is also pretty simple. I think simple is better sometimes because it makes you focus on the purpose of the project rather than whats on the outside. Of course, eye candy isnt bad either! Enjoy and as always, feel free to critique!
Yes, this was the same project that i cut perfectly through the biscuits!

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 12:49 AM

I just looked at the pictures here online. THEY ARE TERRIBLE! It looks like i cut the box joints with my chainsaw! It looks like i finished with 36 grit sandpaper. I cant believe it. This #$%%!ing camera!

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 01:03 AM

i think it came out pretty well, i like the frame and panel top. i only wish i could see the inside though?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 01:06 AM

Aw thanks for the compliment! Once i looked at the pictures, I quit taking pictures. The inside looks nice. I started to line with velvet, but the natural wood just looks too nice.

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 01:40 AM

I never met a box I didn’t like and this is no exception Todd. I’ve had pictures pick up glue lines and sanding imperfections too because of the flash. I try to use indirect lighting to solve that problem. You’re right about precision. There aren’t too many problems a square cut or precise length won’t solve. ;-)


-- Jim

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 01:41 AM

Great job on the box. Looks superb.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#6 posted 01-25-2010 01:58 AM

Todd, this is a nice looking box that I am sure your daughter is enjoying. It has a nice design to it. And I like the raised lid. Great job on salvaging the wood, too.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 01-25-2010 05:29 AM

looks good man

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#8 posted 01-25-2010 05:35 AM

nice box

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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