Ladies Jewelry Box, Hidden Compartments.

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Project by Blackie_ posted 12-22-2016 04:17 PM 1341 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a breaking new ground and learning experience in making the elastic velvet patch, trying to figure out how to secure it to the inside of the lid along with learning how to sew but I managed to pull it off. This box started at the first of this year and I had set it on the back burner because of the pouch road block I was unsure of myself on it but I finely took the bull by the horns at the beginning of last week and completed it just today.

I bought a new brother sewing machine from Walmart in order to create the necklace pouch. With the help of BOB “bosum3919” he lead me to using 1/8” project panel to use as the support for the pouch. I designed the panel so that with the felt and velvet wrapped around it for a sung stationery fit, I than used spray contact cement to hold it in place along with the glued in necklace block supports up top.

I used alder for the inside of the box (core), Nogal for the side walls and American dark walnut for the lid which I got from a local town cutting with my chainsaw. The splice in the lid, corner splines, hinges and drawer pulls are spalted Hackberry.

The box starts out as a bandsaw box then I wrap it with the nogal in which I refer to as my hybrid and allows me to create the hidden drawer along with the hidden compartments.

This box offers a necklace bar and pouch, three large drawers a hidden drawer and three lift out trays, one for coins and the other two are for jewelry the large tray lifts out to expose a 1/2” deep hidden area. The hidden drawer is held in place by a magnet. It measures 13” x 9” x 9 1/4” and is finished with a single coat of tung oil, three applications of wipe on poly (my mix) and a final wipe with paste wax, all of the drawers and trays are flocked.

Thanks for viewing and comments are always enjoyed.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 12-22-2016 04:56 PM

Love the 2 drawers on the right side of the front, Randy. The necklace holder is a good solution to keep them organized, thanks for the explanation below

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

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#2 posted 12-22-2016 04:57 PM

Blackie, as ever, you are branching out and continuously evolving in your designs. The newest wrinkles, the pocket, and sewing, will move along i am sure. Derrick and I collaborated on a pocket design some time back. We chose a wooden frame and screws for the pocket installation, and simple cup hooks for the necklaces. The hooks kept the necklaces hanging as the top moved up and down. You might want to look here for some comparison ideas. The frame also provides a sturdy connection for the elastic in the pocket.

Of course the woods you used are lovely and rich. You may have, but I don’t remember your using a multi-colored top before. Nice touch. Your hybrid bandsaw/mitered boxes are always a joy to see. You have really perfected this technique if you can build the carcass in a day or two. Isn’t it nice to reach a stage where you know what to do next without a lot of pondering? You still need to be careful and work at doing it right…but you know just what to do.

Don Solomon posted a nice way to line boxes. You might look at it. I tried it and found it easier to install than flocking or gluing. It also provides another type of hidden area beneath the removable liner. I found a sort of thick foam board at Office Depot that is easy to cut on the table saw and has some soft flex to it. This board works well for the bottom liner.

As always, keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 12-22-2016 05:31 PM


Sewing now? Another step forward. Your pushing the boundaries and learning new things you did not know when your started . It’s definitely you! Nice thinking inside the box and out! Happy New Year.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 12-22-2016 07:02 PM

Thanks everyone.

Tooch, you are greatly welcome.

Alan, thanks for the tour into your jewelry box, that is a great idea and will keep it in mind on future projects, they hooks I never thought of but even still on this project I don’t think they would have worked as I didn’t allow enough depth from the trays, they would have hit. I do like how you secured your pocket in though I might look into that on my next application, I am curious as to whey you didn’t 45 your corners on the framing?

edit in Oh ok I see what you did, you used the top and bottom rails to hide the screws in the corners thus a 45 would not have worked, great idea, Smart!

As for as the lining goes, yes I normally use Don’s method on the square trays only I use cereal box cardboard and spray adhesive to wrap the felt to the card board and then drop it down into the tray. Now on the drawers since they were cut on the bandsaw they have rounded bottom edges (not 90 degrees to the bottom) thus the lining won’t work, I have no choice but to use flocking and since I had it out I just went ahead and flocked everything. If I had constructed the drawers as you did in the project you showed me than yes I could have used the lining. They both have their pluses and minuses, since I use an oil based paint instead of the typical flocking glue to secure the flock fibers in the drying time is 24 hours but it’s a faster installation than the lining method so I guess it all depends on which hand you flip out first. :)

Yes the lid is something new as well.

Tom, yep now sewing and I must say it takes a lot of patients. :) Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you as well.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#5 posted 12-23-2016 04:16 AM

Sweet box, Randy!! Sewing is good. I give you and extra ability that you don’t have to depend on someone else for!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-23-2016 11:22 AM

Very Well Crafted my Friend, inside and out!
All the Best to You and Yours for the Yule (and for “17 too!)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 12-23-2016 11:00 PM

Tis another winner and a beauty Randy. Really like the wood combos too.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 12-24-2016 12:08 PM

Thanks once again everyone and a Merry Christmas to all.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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