Small jewelry box for my daughter in law

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Project by Chashint posted 05-31-2017 01:21 AM 943 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello and thanks for looking at my project.
The wood is walnut and flamed box elder.
Right now the finish is only boiled linseed oil.
This is the first time I have used BLO.
In a few days I will decide whether to just wax it or put on a coat of wipe on polyurethane.
If anyone has opinions on this please weigh in.
The main box is constructed with finger joints, the top and bottom are tight but float in dados.
The bottom divider is simple butt joint construction and is removable.
The tray has mitered corners with splines, the bottom is glued into a rabbet and the tray divider is not removable.
The knob on front was whittled out of a piece of the flamed box elder until I could chuck it in the drill and get it round with sandpaper. The post is less than perfect but you can’t see it since its glued into the lid.
This is the first time I have used mitered corners on anything. It turns out they were really easy to get square. They were much faster than making finger joints too so I may start using them regularly.
This is also the first box I have built using a metal hinge, I am unsure if I really like it. I have made my hinges out of wood for my other boxes and sorta wish I had done that for this box too.
Once again thanks for taking the time to look at my project.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#1 posted 05-31-2017 02:30 AM

Wow. That combination of walnut with the box elder is really eye catching.

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#2 posted 05-31-2017 04:57 AM

Totally agree. That is one amazing combination.

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#3 posted 05-31-2017 02:30 PM

When I made the bottom and did the test fit I was not completely sold on the combo.
My wife said she liked it (she always says that though) and I should stick with the plan.
Once I put the oil on it and all of the wood darkened I really came around on the pairing.
I have a very limited supply of the flamed box elder and unfortunately the place I bought it from has totally disappeared from the internet.
If anyone has a source for wood with good flame please share.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#4 posted 05-31-2017 04:12 PM

Very nicely done.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 05-31-2017 07:23 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 05-31-2017 07:30 PM

This jewelry box is so beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 06-01-2017 03:09 AM

Great looking box. I like how you kept the box elder exposed in the inside and the tray. I did the same on a few recent postings but never on the tray. I like that look. I may have to give this a try on another one.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 06-01-2017 08:31 PM

Thanks to all for the kind words.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#9 posted 06-29-2017 05:42 AM

I think gifts are most expensive when they are hand-crafted. It might just be a storage box but its sentimental value being built by hand is what matters the most. I would love to receive this storage box anytime even if I do not have any jewellery to store inside!

-- Mel Brandle @

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