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Project by JADobson posted 12-12-2016 01:30 AM 1922 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is from Strother Purdy’s book Traditional Box Projects . I built it from scraps that I pick up from a local banister company and my wood choices are somewhat confined to what I can get. I’m not a huge fan of maple walnut combinations but this is a Christmas present and I know the recipient will like the colours. The drawer fronts were a major pain to put together and they are definitely not perfect but I’m happy with them. To get each piece to line up I used a hot glue gun to tack the two sides of the crack to a piece of scrap then cut to size and glued to the drawer. Once it was dry I removed the scrap and everything lined up nicely. I had to paint the drawer in between the crack black so it still looks like a crack.

The drawer bottoms and the sides of the necklace compartments are lined with fabric. I’d been watching Matt Kenny’s 52 boxes in 52 weeks projects and really liked that touch so it seemed logical to add it here. It also covers poplar interior panels that would be pretty ugly if they weren’t covered. The side doors and top and back all have mineral streaking though them so I tried to make it wrap around the box.

I turned the necklace knobs from walnut as brass ones from Brusso run a bit too rich for me and no one else I could find had exactly the shape I wanted. The plans called for knife hinges for the two necklace compartment doors. These are also pretty expensive so I used these hidden pin hinges instead.

Woods used are maple, walnut, oak (drawer runners), poplar, cedar (drawer bottoms, unfinished). The knobs are from Lee Valley.

As usual this project was complete with about 95% hand tools only including a lot resawing maple panels with my rip saw (hard work, btw :)

Any comments and critiques welcome.

Edit: I forgot to add the photos showing the sides of the box. Pictures 5&6 added.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany





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#1 posted 12-12-2016 04:18 AM

Terrific work on the drawers fronts really looks great

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#2 posted 12-12-2016 04:29 AM

I like wood knots and defects for character, but I would not have used that for the drawers of a jewelry box.

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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#3 posted 12-12-2016 09:37 AM

James, this is nice work. I like the treatment and selection of a front board and the tapered sides. Good job of turning the necklace hangers. This must weigh a ton the wood seems very thick for the sides and panels. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 12-12-2016 09:48 AM

Beautiful design. Those wood imperfections make it more beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 12-12-2016 11:22 AM

I really like the look of this. It certainly catches my attention each time I scan the projects. I would like to use something like this on a few small boxes just to make them unique. The dark legs frame the dark crack well. It is something I will remember.

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#6 posted 12-12-2016 12:47 PM

Tis a beauty James. Someone is going to be happy happy happy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#7 posted 12-12-2016 12:59 PM

Thanks everyone.

Boxguy, most pieces are 3/8” thick. The top is 11/16”s so its quite thick. All of the drawer parts are 1/4”. It does weigh a ton though. I have to take it on a plane this week and it will be the majority of my carry on luggage.

Papadan, any reason why the wood choice was a mistake? Just looking to learn.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#8 posted 12-12-2016 01:20 PM

WOW that’s real close to a design I did on a few jewelry boxes, only I didn’t get them out of a book I designed them out of my head.

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#9 posted 12-12-2016 02:07 PM

Just added two more photos.

Looks great Blackie. I’ve done a few from my head as well (here’s one here) but I saw this one and knew the person who is getting it for Christmas would love this design.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#10 posted 12-12-2016 02:15 PM

beautiful

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#11 posted 12-12-2016 03:26 PM

This is a beautiful jewelry box and it has a very creative design that makes it quite a nice eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#12 posted 12-12-2016 04:12 PM



Thanks everyone.

Boxguy, most pieces are 3/8” thick. The top is 11/16”s so its quite thick. All of the drawer parts are 1/4”. It does weigh a ton though. I have to take it on a plane this week and it will be the majority of my carry on luggage.

Papadan, any reason why the wood choice was a mistake? Just looking to learn.

- JADobson


I didn’t say it was a mistake, I said I would not have chosen that for a jewelry box. That front piece would be really nice on a humidor or valet for a man, I prefer to keep things clean and “pretty” for women’s boxes. JMHO

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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#13 posted 12-12-2016 05:56 PM

Wow that looks awesome. I love the piece that you used for the front… So much character in that grain

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#14 posted 12-12-2016 08:59 PM

Great work on this box – love the grain running through the drawers! Well planned and executed

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#15 posted 12-12-2016 09:17 PM

James, very nice work. I made the same one for my daughter and yes the Brusso stuff was pricey!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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