Jewelry Box #1

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Project by RandyMorter posted 01-14-2011 06:20 AM 1723 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 ( if you’re interested.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 08:04 AM

Nice Job, I love that you used cedar fencing! I may give that a run myself:P

If you don’t mind some ideas for your next box? Try this”

I personally like using fabric at the bottom of my boxes to, here is a neat way to get around the “stretch” problem. Cut out a piece of a cereal box just a hair smaller then the inside dimension of the section you want fabric. Then cut away the corners of the fabric to roughly make a Maltese Cross ( like the fire dept. symbol). Then fold and stretch the fabric over the cardboard and glue the folded edges to the backside. This then becomes an insert and with a bit of contact adhesive on the panel, no one is the wiser.

Great Job again!

Oh…and mortise is the word you are looking for. The fancy-pants way of saying notch:P

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 08:41 AM

The correct term for the ones that don’t turn out is “prototype”. You still get to throw them away, but if it’s a protptype, that’s what you were always going to do.

My measure of the woodworking success is how it’s recieved and on that criteria, this box is a real success!

I also use cardboard as a base for the fabric , but I apply a spray-on contact adhesive to both the cardboard and the fabric. I cut the cardboard to just fit the bottom of the box (make sure to put some tape on the underside of the cardboard with the end overhanging the edge to act as a handle for the trial fits, its a lot easier to get it out that way, believe me!), then attach an oversized piece of cloth which I then trim with a scalpal to give me a clean edge. I gotta give Jesse’s Maltee cross idea a go next time.

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

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 02:22 PM

Style sides of the box look great.
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 06:25 PM

Thanks for the comments!

Jesse – great idea for inserting the felt. I’ve got another box in progress and will try that tip for the felt. I was thinking of getting the flock but your idea is easier.

Wiggs – I love it! Turning mistakes into intentional design decisions!

Lumberdustjohn – thanks. I liked the way the sides looked too. Before I routed those two reliefs it just seemed like that big flat expanse had no character. I think the reliefs are only about 1/16” deep but it seemed to add enough detail to the sides to make them less boring.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 06:53 PM

very nice box. this being #1 are we gonna see more? I hope.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#6 posted 01-14-2011 07:10 PM

Nice box, I really like your dimensions and the added router cuts do add a nice flair. Sounds like good advice for the felt. The felt I use is pretty sturdy and I can cut it to size and it fits in just right on it’s own, if something spills in the box or someone wants to look at the finished floor, it is easy to pull out, or replace. Really great job for a first attempt, looking forward to more of your work, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#7 posted 01-14-2011 11:54 PM

Hi It’s Mic -

Where do you get that kind of felt? I’ve bought felt from Hobby Lobby and Walmart. It’s adhesive backed. The Walmart felt is cheaper but it is also thinner.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#8 posted 01-15-2011 07:30 AM

Fantastic idea to use that cedar fencing. Great appearance and nice workmanship. When measuring for the insert I hold a folded piece of material against the inside back and side to get a accurate size for the insert. Since a few of my boxes have pivoting false bottoms I use 1/8” or 1/4” hardboard. I also found that brushing “Aileen’s” tacky glue works well. I get that and my felt from Michael’s craft stores. I think they’re in Phx. also. Now I’m looking forward to your 3,4,5 etc. boxes.

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 09:47 AM

Thanks Hawk9.

I’d really like to hear more or see more of the false bottoms. I’ll check out your projects.

I’ve got some great ideas for felt here, which is good. I’m working on another box right now…

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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