Jewelry Case

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Project by Blake posted 10-20-2007 09:29 PM 3873 views 19 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 10-20-2007 09:55 PM

A very nice looking box and you are right- the maple, mahogany, purpleheart does yield a great combination.

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#2 posted 10-20-2007 09:59 PM

Blake that is one great box.

What is the thickness of the blade on the router bit?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 10-20-2007 10:14 PM

Really beautiful! Where do you get a blade like that?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 10-20-2007 10:23 PM

Really nice. Thanks for the tips.

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

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#5 posted 10-20-2007 10:23 PM

Really nice box Blake.

Tom, you can get the blade at Wood Craft. They are made for the barbed type hinges. I’ve had the set for a couple of years now, but haven’t tried them yet. They are actually designed to be used in a drill press – but I understand that they work quite well in the router table. Gotta try it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 10-21-2007 02:50 AM

Beautiful work! And, great wood combination too.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 10-21-2007 02:52 AM

Nice. Thanks for the pointers.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 10-21-2007 02:56 AM

Beautiful. And the wifely comment is precious affirmation of your path as a craftsman. LOML is pretty good to me about the woodworking, but not everyone here gets the same back-up (and that’s all I’m going to say about that peccadillo).

Blake, tell us more about the kerfed hinges. I have steered clear because I was afraid the plating would go south over time, but they could be a boon for production work, and my days of being able to afford Brusso for every project are gone like the Eighties.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 10-21-2007 03:42 AM

Another beaut. Fresh looking design and your usual high craftsmanship standards. Love it.

I have had the Wixey for a while now and agree that it is a great addition to the shop. Would also be interested in more info about the hinges. Thanks for posting it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 10-21-2007 06:38 AM

Another wonderful box. I’m going to have to check out the slotting blade.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 10-21-2007 06:40 AM

No wonder you wifed claimed it. I can see why. I jumped into the post from email literally said out loud, “Ooooo… Nice” I’m diggin’ the non-conventional proportions and the curve is elegant.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#12 posted 10-21-2007 07:53 AM

As far as the barbed hinges that are used with the thin kerf mini- saw blade:

The set up is rather tricky. The instructions recommend an elaborate set up on the drill press. But I find it is inaccurate and difficult to get good results with the blade hanging from above like that. I prefer to set it up on the router table. You must find a way to get the workpiece to slide straight into the moving blade. Once for the box and again for the lid, and they must be aligned. You must be able to slow your router down (variable speed) to do this. Too fast is dangerous and will burn.

But it is possible. And if you take the time to build a jig that will work for you, the hinges are great. I think they are pretty good quality, and they are almost completely hidden. The barbs hold fine, especially with a drop of epoxy in the kerf. After the elaborate setup, they would be great for production work. Probably quicker than anything else.

They are not very strong at all, however. They are best for small stuff like pen boxes, ring boxes, bracelet boxes, etc. They will not hold up a panel lid or large solid box lid.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 10-21-2007 10:14 AM

Another wonderful box and tool details to boot!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#14 posted 10-22-2007 05:42 AM

Fantastic job on the box Blake.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#15 posted 10-25-2007 12:50 AM

Great tips, Blake – and the box – well it’s beautiful and reinforces why I just love small wooden boxes.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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