Daughter's Jewelry Box

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Project by MikeB posted 02-13-2011 02:42 PM 2100 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this jewelry box for my 16-year-old daughter. I’ve only recently started woodworking (less than one year ago), and I’ve tried to be aggressive and stretch myself with each project I undertake. This was pretty aggressive for me. It wasn’t just my first time working with inlay, it was the first time I had ever used a router. I also installed a full mortise lock which was a little tricky.

My daughter was thrilled which, of course, makes it so worthwhile.

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#1 posted 02-13-2011 02:48 PM

This is a beautiful box. I love the inlay and the wood.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 02-13-2011 03:17 PM

Great Job!

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#3 posted 02-13-2011 03:18 PM

if this is what your turning out when your pretty much just starting I cant wait to see what you post in the future. nice job!!!

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#4 posted 02-13-2011 03:56 PM

Outstanding! Love the banding work on this… Makes the box go from a nice to WoW! Keep up the great work and keep pushing yourself…. Looks to me you are very well on your way….. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 02-13-2011 04:24 PM

very nice everything came out saweeeeeeeeet.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#6 posted 02-13-2011 04:26 PM

Very nice job

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#7 posted 02-13-2011 04:37 PM

Great job for a lot of firsts!

What method did you use to make the channel for the inlay? Making a rectangle of inlay within one face of a box is pretty intimidating.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 02-13-2011 04:42 PM

Yes, that is really a nice looking box. Great job.

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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#9 posted 02-13-2011 04:49 PM

Perfect, looks really nice. I’m sure she loved it!!!!! Keep it up.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 02-13-2011 04:52 PM

excellent job on the inlay for the first time

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#11 posted 02-13-2011 05:12 PM

Nice job on it, I’m sure she is happy.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 02-13-2011 05:38 PM

Great job.
I ‘ve been streeching myself for 5 years now, am retired and nothing like this yet.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#13 posted 02-13-2011 07:30 PM

Beautiful looking box. Very nicely done. I have a 12 year old granddaughter would like something like this. Thanks for the inspiration.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 02-13-2011 10:19 PM

That’s some really nice work. Especially for a rookie.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#15 posted 02-14-2011 02:41 AM

Thanks to all for the very kind comments.

Charlie – I learned the technique from a video How to Inlay a Banding with a Router at (A little shout-out to Matt Furjanic at Not only are his products of exquisite quality, Matt is a genuinely nice guy who is willing to patiently answer the numerous questions posed by an enthusiastic novice.) He has a new five-part video on installing inlay in a walnut box, but I have not viewed it yet. My biggest challenge was to avoid routing past the corner of the channel (which I did several times). I just took his technique and extended it to all five sides, then cut the top of the box off.

Abie – I think I learned an important insight about dressing up a project: beautiful inlay banding and nice hardware can distract the eye from pretty average workmanship.

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