|Project by RandyMorter||posted 01-14-2011 06:20 AM||1446 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
This was actually my second attempt at a jewelry box but the first one that turned out.
It’s just made out of cedar fence material from Home Depot. The bottom is from a 6” wide fence piece. The top had to be a bit bigger so it’s actually a couple of pieces glued together. I jointed and planed the pieces. I think it’s pretty cool how a $1.29 cedar fence can look when it’s jointed and planed!
The box has miters on the corners, amazingly I just cut them on my miter saw using the built in 45 degree stops and they really fit great. The bottom is set inside a dado all around, cut with my router. The bottom actually has a rabbet all the way around so that the lip fits inside the dado.
As you can see, I used the router to create the handle and feet. For the feet I routed a rectangular workpiece on all four sides and then cut it into quarters to make the feet.
The little divider on the inside is a piece ripped from probably a douglas fir 2×4. I used a chisel to cut a small dado on the front and back to set the divider in. This was my first try at using a hand chisel.
I also set the hinges into notches I chiseled out (is there a better term for the notches?).
The heart was added inside to cover up the screws I added to hold the handle on. It was from Joan Fabric.
I had problems getting the felt in and it isn’t very good. It stretched. I tried putting the pieces partway up the sides to hide the problems I had with it.
I wish I’d had a deeper top so I could have put a lock or latch on it. I still need to try a box like that.
I also had problems with the finishing. It took forever to dry between each coat. I used a natural stain and then polyurethane applied with foam brushes.
Bottom line is that my daughter likes it and I enjoyed making it and learned some things from it.
I have more pictures on my Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/Randy.Morter) if you’re interested.
-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ