|Project by Blake||posted 10-20-2007 09:29 PM||3278 views||19 times favorited||19 comments|
I liked the color combination of the first Maple/Mahogany/Purple Heart jewelry box so much I decided to use it again but alter the shape. I wanted more of a flat single layer jewelry case to showcase one or a few special pieces. My wife’s comment when she saw this box was… Quote: “Mine…” So now it protects a piece of Turquoise her mother gave her. Check out the original box with the story of the Mahogany HERE.
I used a biscuit jointer to attach the purple heart handle to the front of the lid. I screwed the biscuit jointer to a piece of plywood and set the lid flat on the plywood in front of the jointer. Making the cut was easy and then I just shaped a piece of wood the same thickness as the biscuit slot to fit.
The miters are splined and keyed. My favorite way of cutting key slots now is this blade:
It is normally used for these small hidden slot hinges. I little pricey but worth the investment because of its double duty for extra fine keyed miters and those nifty hinges. I use it in my router table (lowest speed setting) and made a jig which runs the corner of the workpiece across the blade.
The Splines were only added because the miter joints did not close all the way. The cuts were not perfectly 45 degrees. It took me forever to get the splines right to cover the mistake. But it turned out ok. I have since invested in an Incra miter gauge and a Wixey digital angle gauge.
The Wixey was the best $40 I ever spent for my shop. No more botched miters. For small precise projects like these, accuracy is everything.
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