Walnut and ash jewelry box

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Project by Walnutty posted 1568 days ago 1374 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at a jewelry box. I made this box for my daughter, who is five, to stash her jewelry away from her two and a half year old brother. The box is made of walnut and ash and finished with GF Arm-R-Seal on the outside and BLO/varnish on the inside. I learned several things while making this box –
1) Don’t make box joints too snug or you’ll have a heck of a time during glue up.
2) Cheap box store hinges are just that: Cheap and the leaves don’t close together completely. I should have morticed the hinges on the back of the box.
3) Glue squeeze out on the interior partitions is a bear to clean up. I understand now why flocking is used on the partitions.

After these photos were taken I added a chain stay to keep the lid from flopping open.

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#1 posted 1568 days ago

Looks like you learned some things. Nice job. Bet your daughter loves it.

-- Kate,

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#2 posted 1568 days ago

Great job on this. You will find that you will learn something new on every single box you make…or at least I do! Thanks for posting.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#3 posted 1568 days ago

I’m just about finsihed my box, too (maple/walnut) and I discovered the same thing about glue squeeze-out (but mine is the interior of the small box). I used Titebond III and that stuff is sort of gummy and difficult to scrape. Next time, i’m going to wax the inside faces near the glue joints to see if that works.

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#4 posted 1567 days ago

Nice looking box. It looks just the right size for your 5 year old daughter.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#5 posted 1567 days ago

Very nice. Nice joints and combination of wood. With respect to the glue issues, I usually place a strip of blue masking/painting tape flush to the inside joint seem before glue-up and it catches most of the squeeze out.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 1567 days ago

Your box looks good. You are right, it doesn’t make sense to use cheap hinges. The brusso hinges are great but costly. I have also been using some soss barrell hinges that are relatively inexpensive but better than the cheapo flat hinges.
I also use titebond 3 glue and I find it best to wait until about 45 minutes or so after glue up and then use a chisel to lightly scrape any excess glue out of the coroners. This way it does not get pushed into the surrounding wood grain and affect your finishing. Works for me.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#7 posted 1567 days ago

great work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 1566 days ago

Good job. Cleaning up glue on the insides is one of the reasons I use regular PVA glue. Holds well but not so difficult to clean out when hardened, plus it dries clear. Thanks for posting. I look forward to your next one.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 1562 days ago

Thanks for the kind comments and advice.


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#10 posted 1511 days ago

That was very nicely done for the first time??

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