Jewelry Box #2

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Project by RandyMorter posted 01-15-2011 12:18 AM 1568 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 2nd jewelry box, but I actually finished it before box #1, on 12/9/2010.
I made this for a white elephant gift at my company Christmas party.
Again, like my box #1, it’s made out of cedar fencing. The top is the widest piece and it’s less than the width of the 1×6 fence piece.
The bottom is rabbetted (?) and set inside a dado running around the inside. The corners have simple miter cuts from my miter saw but they again fit well (I really like that from the Ryobi miter saw, especially since the fence is kind of messed up.).
Again, the MORTISES for the hinges were done by chisel.
The felt went in the bottom of this one pretty good (I actually did this one before my box #1) but I almost wish I’d done white to have a contrasting color.
I stained it with Zar Dark Mahogany #118 and put 2 coats of Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane Clear Semi-gloss on it.
It was a quick and simple box, but I think adding the brass helps it look a bit more sophisticated than it is.

What I learned on this project:
1. Cutting the sides out of a piece in order (side – front – side – back) will result in 3 of the corners having matching wood grain around the corner. I’ve read since how to cut the pieces to get all 4 corners to have matching wood grain.
2. I could have probably just mortised the top of the back OR the top piece for the hinges – I didn’t need to do both.
3. Adding the brass can enhance a simple box.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 01:01 AM

Great job Randy. Love the continuity of the grain. I don’t feel a project is successful unless you learn something from it. Keep up the good work.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 01:33 AM

Nice box Randy, you are on a good start, they do become more and more fun to make as you go along, keep up the good work, Thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 04:04 AM

Hey Randy,
Nice design and finish…well done.

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 05:00 AM

cool little box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 05:36 AM

Randy, you have made something that will be enjoyed for YEARS to come.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 09:45 AM

Thanks a lot everyone! This site is sure nice!

I was telling some co-workers that the music sites I used to visit you’d usually see comments like “you suck”. Here it’s so wonderful how everyone is so supportive!

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#7 posted 02-03-2011 05:23 AM

Great looking box Randy

-- Had we known Grankids were this much fun we would have had them first.

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#8 posted 02-03-2011 05:14 PM

Thanks joedw00. Your signature makes me laugh! I had to share it with my wife (who just got back last night from visiting our newest and 13th grandkid).

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#9 posted 10-22-2011 11:59 PM

Hey Bud nice box. I like mortising both sides, like you did. It is a classier look. BEWARE the box addiction is a potent one. Some never recover. If you end up needing help you can call BBA or Box Builders Anonymous.
Hi my name is Jack and I am a box builder.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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