Jewelry Box

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Project by Gerry posted 03-13-2010 10:17 AM 3460 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is by far the most complex item I’ve attempted. It is made of tiger maple and cherry, and is from the December Wood Magazine. Although I finally got it right, my learning process was thrown a curve by the design dimensions for the drawers being incorrect in the magazine.

In the PLAN, the drawer depth dimensions written were 1/8” longer than the case depth. They apparently did not take the 1/4 inch rabbet for the case back into consideration when they did their dimensioning.
So, I was faced with either rebuilding the drawers, or finding a way to cut them down. Happily, I have a 24 inch Flatmaster drum sander from Stockroom Supply. that I was able to use to carefully remove 3/32” on each face of the drawer, using a fence to maintain square, and it worked out. I then glued the finish drawer faces to the boxes, and voila! You cannot tell that there was ever a problem. It looks great, and AGAIN I’ve learned what not to do…...

My cabinet maker friend and woodworking mentor from Bisbee, AZ has given me a phrase that has helped me through many of these “learning” experiences. ” A really good and succesful woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#1 posted 03-13-2010 02:40 PM

Great looking box Gerry, The front grain is awesome. very good build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 03-13-2010 03:17 PM

It’s a beauty. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#3 posted 03-13-2010 04:22 PM

Nice recovery on the crisis situation. Seems like I have one of those on every one of my projects. I guess it’s those little accomplishments that make a project more meaningful sometimes. Nice job on a great looking box.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#4 posted 03-13-2010 05:04 PM

looks good man

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#5 posted 03-13-2010 08:05 PM

Excellent work, Gerry. I really like those curves.

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

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#6 posted 03-13-2010 08:30 PM

Very nice design and build….BC

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#7 posted 03-13-2010 08:54 PM

Good save. Fantastic curves on the front

-- Joe Cool

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#8 posted 03-14-2010 02:28 AM

A very nice box. Great job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#9 posted 03-14-2010 07:39 AM

wonderful jewelry box.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 03-14-2010 08:42 AM

Beauty : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 03-14-2010 08:00 PM

Thanks to all for your comments! The save was inspired by my wife, and the curves the result of my new Rikon 10-325 band saw and my Ridgid Oscillating belt/spindle sander.

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#12 posted 03-16-2010 06:14 AM

looks grate.

-- Alex

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#13 posted 03-16-2010 09:08 AM

Griff, Thanks. I was in my local ACE store, and they had this 10” wide piece of cherry, that had the grain pattern calling to me. So I cut all three faces from the same board, to get the best grain result possible.


Much as I’d like to, I can’t claim the design. It came from Wood Magazine’s December issue

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#14 posted 03-16-2010 12:01 PM

very good work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 05-16-2010 03:43 PM

Beautiful Box!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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