|Project by Guitarzan89||posted 10-30-2016 11:56 AM||744 views||5 times favorited||4 comments|
I wanted to make something for my wedding to hold our rings. The thought of using a pillow, like everyone else does, seemed lame to me. In addition, a wooden box will probably live longer than me and maybe my family will appreciate it someday in the distant future.
Materials for this project came from leftover mahogany that my father had in his shop. We planed the pieces down to 0.75” for ends and we ended up a little thin at 0.24” for the sides. I used a dovetail saw with a 14 deg guide I made, coping saw, and 1/4” chisel to make dovetails. I learned pretty quick how much I needed a 1/8” chisel for this detail work doing half blind dovetails, but completed the project without. This was my first attempt doing half blind dovetails so I wasn’t 100% happy and had to fill a few gaps, overall I think it turned out decent.
I shaped the curve in the sides with repeated saw cuts and chisel work, then filing and sanding until a 3.75” radius was achieved. This curve kind of reminded me of the feel the neck of a guitar has in your hands. I think the curves really add to the look I was going for of a nice jewelry box.
Furthermore, I was never really certain how I was going to attach the lid until it hit me one day. Originally I was going to purchase and recess hinges into the back, but everything was such a custom size and so small, I couldn’t find anything I felt was suitable. So, I made my own hinges out of 0.025” copper and soldered in steel wire. This allowed for a very compact and hidden hinge into the sides of the lid.
Finally, I finished it with Minwax english chestnut stain and Minwax polycrylic satin clear.