Jarrah & Huon Pine Jewellery Boxes

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Project by Wiggs posted 12-30-2010 12:47 PM 1855 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a couple of boxes I made for my two older sisters. They both have just had 50th wedding anniversaries, so I decided on (almost) matching boxes as my gift to them. The boxes are made from Jarrah and the inserts are Huon Pine.

The construction is just mitered corners with rebates for the raised lid and base. I used Titebond III for the miter joints, with the lid and base free floating. I allowed the lid and base 4mm movement across the grain and around 2mm along the grain.

I got the idea for the lift-off lids from Stevin Marin (see his website for details on making small gift boxes), thanks Steve! Once you get over the terror of taking to your glued up box with a 12mm router bit to cut the top off, it works fine.

I lined the bottom with blue velvet. The finish is three coats of Danish Oil and the wax. I finished the inside before glue-up and the outside after.

Next, I’ll teach myself how to make ring holders and make another couple of boxes with different fit-outs.

-- Wiggs, Western Australia --- Whoever said 'The devil's in the detail' was a woodworker!

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 12:56 PM

Nice choice of timber and well made.. nice all round..cheers mate.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 01:05 PM

very nice work.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 01:24 PM

Tasteful, well made boxes. I’m curious though, about the use of a 12mm router bit to separate the lid. Seems awfully large. I normally use tablesaw, bandsaw, or 1/8th inch spiral bit, but never anything as large as 12mm. Is there a particular reason? I do like the boxes. Hope to see more from you.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 01:56 PM

The trick is that before gluing up the box, you cut a 12mm slot on the inside of each side and end – I did mine 20mm from the top – that is just a hair deeper than half way through, and this forms the outer lip of the lid. When cutting off the top, the router cuts the same depth, but the grove is cut in my case 32mm from the top. Apart from separating the top from the box, it forms the inner lip. The outer lip on the lid will now sit over this inner lip to close the box, after suitable sanding and finishing etc.

Stevin Marin has a very good video on YouTube, which shows how it’s done →


-- Wiggs, Western Australia --- Whoever said 'The devil's in the detail' was a woodworker!

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 04:28 PM

Very elegant. I will have to give that lid technique a try.

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

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 06:15 PM

Nice videos !!!

Better Boxes !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 06:32 PM

Well made boxes. The Jarrah is very attractive, never worked with that. The pine interor is a nice touch.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#8 posted 12-30-2010 09:56 PM

Look great! It’s a great technique I picked up years ago for making lids fit nicely. I just made another one last week.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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