Jewelry Box-2of5 series

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Project by itsmic posted 01-20-2011 09:24 PM 2052 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone This is the second box of a series of 5, I cut all 5 box sides and then all fronts and backs at the same time, hence my series designation. This Jewelry box is for a present, can’t say who yet, it is a surprise! It is 6 by 9 by 4 1/2 and is one of the most ambitious boxes for me yet. Unfortunately, I don’t know the types of wood it is made of, save the body of the tray, which is popular, with a rock maple floor. The body of the box is of pallet wood, and since I am not an expert, or close to it, in identifying wood, it remains a mystery. The box has finger joints, 5/16th, with a raised veneered floor (a tiger striped veneer), a mitered lid, with a solid exotic wood panel, with a lip cut to fit into the body of the box. The tray is crafted with a solid rock maple floor, rabbits on the sides to hold the section boards, and a foam velvet covered ring holder. The musical movement is from Rockler, called “music box dancer” one of the inexpensive ones, they really can get expensive if you want to pay. Since the musical movement came with no cover, I made my own out of Plexiglas, lots to learn about that yet, it was my first time. I used solid brass hinges, with a solid brass mortised stay, and solid brass ball feet. For the finish, I used a natural stain, then three coats of poly, doing each surface separately, to keep it level so that it makes for the best results. This box was challenging and very much fun to make. Thanks for looking, any suggestions or ideas of wood types are appreciated.

If anyone would like to hear the music, HERE IS THE LINK TO YOU TUBE:

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#1 posted 01-20-2011 10:59 PM

Good looking box!
Am I correct in thinking that the music box plays when you open the lid?
I have no idea about the type of wood, can’t help you with that!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 12:00 AM

Excellent Job Mic!!
Somebody is getting a nice surprise…
Three down, two more to go…
When you finish this series
You can relax a little
and make a few boxes… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 12:20 AM

Dez, I am not sure how to insert video, I have it on you tube, my user name there is itsmic1, once I learn how to insert video here I will post it on lj’s. The music starts with lifting the tray out, I may have been able to actuate it with the lid, but, that would have been more difficult, I will have to work on that and come up with a way to do that in the future. Thanks for asking.
Thanks Michael for the nice comment, yes, I will have to get busy, on a new series once done with these, LOL’s, it’s like you say, they are addictive

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 12:44 AM

Very nice. Great finger joints. I’ve yet to try to do those. I’m still lucky to get miters to fit!

The music box is a great idea. I really like the brass hardware. How did you miter the stay? I also like how you brand the box.

Very inspirational! I just want to get out and make sawdust!

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 01:07 AM

Thanks Randy, the stay is a 1/2” deep mortise done with a router, for me, since I don’t have an adjustable jig for the purpose, this process required setting up boards and blocks of exact height as the box(since I made the cut after the box was glued together), and setting up stops so the router could only cut the length of the stay. One mistake, and it’s all over, so, it has to be perfect, I checked and doubled checked using a blank bit the same diameter as the cut, quarter inch. Still was nervous, since it was only the second one I did, but luckily it turned out so the stay went in just right. Thanks for asking

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#6 posted 01-21-2011 01:57 AM


-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 01-21-2011 06:06 AM

Great looking boxes, Really like your John Hancock on the bottom. Is that a branding iron or free hand?

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#8 posted 01-21-2011 04:10 PM

Michael, thanks for your nice comments, yes it is a branding iron, I used to do my mark by hand, it was time consuming and not so neat at times, I am not too good at it by hand, and some wood makes it even more difficult. I spent a day revising and improving my logo, then put it on the computer on a pdf. file, sent it off to Brand-First and for 100 bucks they made me the iron. thanks for asking

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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