|Project by RandyMorter||posted 01-15-2011 12:18 AM||1099 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
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