Fiona's Jewelry Box

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Project by Philip Edwards posted 01-28-2010 10:58 AM 2402 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this for my Wife as a Christmas present – I wanted to give her something I had made along with the store bought presents. I chose two special boards from my hoard of timber – a piece of Ripple Ash for the main timber and a piece of Macassar Ebony for the lid.
Time was short so instead of dovetails for the carcase joint I used simple rebates, hoping that the figure of the timber would take your eye away from the corner joints. The ebony lid fitted into grooves run around the inside, and I made the top of the lid slightly proud with a small chamfer around the perimeter to add visual interest. The bottom of the box was made from Maple. I pre-finished the interior of the box and the top and bottom with blonde shellac before gluing up .
The box was then glued together, and when dry the lid was cut away on the table saw to give two sections. I cleaned up the cuts and gave the exterior of the box a final planing and then applied more shellac. Two brass butt hinges were fitted to hinge the lid and a handle made from an offcut of Ebony was shaped and mortised into the lid.
For the interior I made a small lift out organiser tray from 1/4 inch maple – this completed the box.
The whole project took a day – time was short, so I just got on with it. I was very pleased with the way it came out and didn’t regret my decision not to use dovetails – the stunning figure of the Ash steals the show.


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#1 posted 01-28-2010 11:10 AM

Very nice!

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

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 01:00 PM

good work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 01-28-2010 01:52 PM

Good job. It takes me almost a day just to get out to the shop! .lol

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-28-2010 01:54 PM

Excellent build. I agree that the grain without the dovetails, does steal the show. I would however like to see the inside and another closeup of the tray. I’m favoriting this one.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 01-28-2010 02:43 PM

Jeff, The Ripple Ash and the Ebony insert in the lid makes a beautiful combination. The beauty of the wood really makes your box. Great job all the way around and I’m sure your wife loves it.

-- John @

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#6 posted 01-28-2010 03:16 PM

Great job! You are enabling the beauty in the wood to be the star in this piece. That’s a style I really like.

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

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#7 posted 01-28-2010 03:22 PM

Very nice. I especially like the contrasting woods – great choices! The handle – wow! You should be very pleased with it, and I’m sure your wife is too!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 05:10 PM

I never met a box I didn’t like especially exotic wood boxes like this one. Add to that the simple joinery and lines of the construction and I think we have a yin yang thing going on. But, I have to question one of your comments “a handle made from an offcut of Ebony”. I didn’t know you were allowed to have Ebony offcuts!?


-- Jim

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#9 posted 01-28-2010 05:31 PM

A great box

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 01-28-2010 05:32 PM

Phillip: A beautiful box. Great job.

I’m sure that she appreciated you “Rush” gift.

-- 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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#11 posted 01-28-2010 07:15 PM

Great combination of woods. I really like the pull also.

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

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#12 posted 01-28-2010 07:45 PM

looks good

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#13 posted 01-28-2010 07:45 PM

Very cool Phil were do you go for your timber as i’m having a hard time on prices at the moment


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#14 posted 01-29-2010 02:59 AM

Well done, Phil. I’ll bet the wife is happy with it as well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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