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Jewelry Box by a first timer

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Project by chrisirving posted 03-24-2017 01:54 PM 1441 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the woodworking bug a couple of months ago (first post here), so this should be called the $3000.00 Jewelry box since I’m sure I’ve spent that much in the past couple of months on tools!
It’s my wife’s birthday so I thought I’d make her a Jewelry box, sounds easy enough. (Not!) I’m an electrician by trade so I did a copper inlay in walnut on the top of the box, it took two attempts at this. The first time I didn’t inlay it deep enough and a couple of pieces were sanded through, lesson learned.
The box itself is Oak and Walnut, mitered with alternating Oak and Walnut splines. I wanted the top tray to hinge with the lid so that took a bit of engineering. I took some lid support hinges and took them apart for the bottom hinge and used a shelf support bracket for the top. That complicated things a bit but eventually it worked out just like I wanted
I finished it with Danish oil and Min Wax wipe on poly. I was working at a fabric store so I picked up the only color velvet they had in stock…The perfect color. I took some round foam insulation and wrapped the velvet around it, stapled it and put them in the top trays for rings to slide into
It’s not perfect but the next one will be closer to perfection with everything I’ve learned so far from this site, my mistakes and watching hours of YouTube!
Hopefully she will like it!





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bushmaster

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#1 posted 03-24-2017 02:10 PM

Beautiful box, up there with the master box builders and even went abit beyond with the inlay. excellent idea. Those tools are sure doing a good job for you. will be looking forward to more to more projects.

second look, I was thinking you used plain electrical wire, but the wire looks like special wire for the job, and neat idea with the hardware to lift the drawer up.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 03-24-2017 02:28 PM

Welcome to LJ. Great job. You made it for her, I’m sure she’ll like it!

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#3 posted 03-24-2017 02:30 PM

I see in your future Honey do list growing! Very nicely done. With every project there are new skills learned and some refined. Great project

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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#4 posted 03-24-2017 02:30 PM

Thanks, I used #14 copper and flattened it with a hammer to get the depth I needed

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#5 posted 03-24-2017 03:15 PM

Nice!!!

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#6 posted 03-24-2017 04:01 PM

Chris, you have done a very fine job on this jewelry box. It’s a good looking box and your wife will love it. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#7 posted 03-24-2017 06:27 PM

Really nice box, great work on the inlay

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#8 posted 03-24-2017 07:33 PM

Great job! Welcome to Lumberjocks – and your new addiction (woodworking). I really like the copper inlay on this. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 03-24-2017 07:38 PM

Beautiful jewelry box. Weclome to lumberjocks, and you are already teaching us new tricks!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 03-24-2017 09:56 PM

Great looking and very innovative with the top tray. Welcome to LJs.

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#11 posted 03-24-2017 11:18 PM

Much more complicated than my first Jewelry Box. And I was very proud of that guy. Mine was teak with ceder lined inside. And if I remember right an insert tray made of teak. over 30 years ago now. Really nice work. I love the copper inlay.

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#12 posted 03-25-2017 03:39 AM

Nice inlay work. What did you use to cut the channel for the wire?

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#13 posted 03-25-2017 10:59 AM

Outstanding….

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#14 posted 03-25-2017 11:12 AM

Great job.

Yes, the education can be harsh.

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 03-25-2017 11:56 AM

Excellent work! I to want to know how you cut the inlay.

-- Petey

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