Small carved-top jewelry box

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Project by Tony posted 01-31-2010 06:54 AM 1489 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The top of this box is one of my first wood carvings. I made the carving in a 1/4×6 piece of basswood just for practice, but after it was finished I started thinking about what I should do with it. My six-year-old daughter really liked it so I decided to make a small jewelry box for her.

The box is made of 1/4 thick poplar. This is the first time I have used 1/4 inch thick wood and I found it much harder to work with than thicker boards, but I think it was appropriate for such a small box. It is 4 1/4×8 1/4×2 1/4 inches. I used box joint corners and luaun plywood floating in a 1/8 inch deep dado for the top and bottom. Then I cut the carved basswood top to fit tightly and glued it to the luaun. The finish is two coats of Minwax Colonial Maple stain with three coats of clear polyurethane.

I look forward to your comments and suggestions for future improvements.

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 06:56 AM

Cool box

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 07:25 AM

Very nice box!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 07:19 PM

Nicely done carving and box. Waiting for more!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 07:28 PM

good job, simple yet elegant.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 08:03 PM

Great carving. And a nice use for a practice piece.

Your daughter will treasure it forever.

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

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#6 posted 02-02-2010 01:57 AM

Very nice carving Tony, much better than I can do with a chisel. This has an old fashioned feel to it, I bet your daughter really does appreciate it. Thats whats most important.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 12:34 PM

elegant lid


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#8 posted 02-03-2010 08:58 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. My daughter does love the box and I’m sure she always will. She really loves earrings and her other little jewelry and has wanted a jewelry box for quite a while.

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