First Jewelry box

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Project by dbray45 posted 05-06-2011 01:48 PM 1877 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my daughter. It is the first time I have made my own inlay and instead of using a router, I used a small plane. The walnut splintered a little making the inlay a little sloppy on the end grain edges. This happened because I did not score the wood deeply enough. I was trying to get this done for her birthday and being in hurry created a bunch of problems for myself.

The lock is a replacement from the original, another stupid thing that I didn’t do – check to make sure the stupid key works before you mortise it out. Replacement locks are almost ALWAYS smaller than the original. Normally I wouldn’t state the short falls but it is a good learning experience for NOT hurrying what you are doing.
—Her present missed her birthday.

As a side bar, walnut has a lot of stress and can twist. The lid after sitting for a couple of days developed a little twist in it. This was caused by the grain and the nature of the wood. The material is milled to 3/8” where if I had left it at 1/2”, it would have been fine.

The two inserts are cherry with velvet, the inlay is maple, cherry, and walnut.

Thanks for looking.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 03:17 PM

That’s a sweet box. Your book matched lid is very nice. So is the inlay.
I’ll bet she was ecstatic to get such a wonderful gift from her dad!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 05-06-2011 04:31 PM

It is in the mail.


-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 05-06-2011 04:55 PM

Beautiful box. She will be proud and love it, even if its coming late. :-)

being in hurry created a bunch of problems for myself.. I know exactly what you mean. LOL

-- Back home. Fernando

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#4 posted 05-06-2011 05:20 PM

Beautiful job!

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

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#5 posted 05-06-2011 05:51 PM

Fernando – Isn’t life grand? You know, if don’t push that invisible envelope every now and then, you never know what you can do. Also, in creating the problems, you also figure out ways to fix them. Sometimes, knowing what not to do is just as important as what to do.

We have a lot of people that are just starting out on this site and everybody goes through this from time to time. The important thing to remember is to not push the power toys too quickly, they bite back.

Charlie, thank you -

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#6 posted 05-06-2011 09:08 PM

I really like small pin dovetails.

Are they hand cut?

How do you make them, how do you clear out the bottoms of the tails?

My smallest chisel is 4mm, so far that’s the limit of my pins. I’m still in the process of practicing my dovetails. They aren’t up to my standard for use in projects yet.

Very good work, keep um comin’, we’re watching!



-- dust control

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#7 posted 05-07-2011 12:27 AM

This is a very nice Jewell box and I am sure your daughter
will enjoy it, something that you built especially for her.
I am in the process of building one for my daughter
and you can help me out
What kind of adhesive did you use to hold the velvet

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#8 posted 05-09-2011 12:16 AM

That is a wonderful box, and beautiful work you have done.
You have a lucky daughter.
best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 05-16-2011 02:13 AM

Thank you for the kind words – I have been out of town visiting my daughter for the last week putting in new exterior doors and the like.

Yes, the box was made by hand

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#10 posted 11-24-2014 04:40 AM

This is the first time I have visited your projects and you have some good looking stuff. I like your dovetails.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#11 posted 11-24-2014 01:49 PM

Thank you

-- David in Damascus, MD

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