Jewelry Box for my bride on our wedding day

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Project by Jras posted 06-09-2011 06:02 PM 1763 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Everyone,

First, I want to thank everyone for posting all their knowledge on this site. It has helped me develop a serious interest in woodworking. Here is some background on this jewelry box project. I started woodworking when I was very young with help from my Dad, both Grandpa’s, and my Uncle sras. They taught me to use the basic tools and I created some neat 4-H projects. It’s probably been 8 years since I’ve completed a wood project. I’m getting married in approximately 16 days, and I wanted to give her something special for her to remember the occasion. My dad always told me, if you can do the small projects, the big one’s are a piece of cake. I also decided I wanted to make her something that I could hide in the shop while I was making it. A jewelry box seemed like the perfect piece to work on, especially since my dad had given me some smaller wood scraps to work with.

I wanted to keep the box as basic as possible, but yet try a few new skills. I knew if I made it too difficult, I would get frustrated and probably not meet my deadline. Now that it’s completed, approximately took me a month and a half. Looking back, I know a few things that I would have done differently, and I can see multiple imperfections. I am glad did the oak inlay on walnut. I personally liked how the different species complemented each other. This project also gave me a chance to use a router that my parents gave me for Christmas. I used Minwax poly for the finish and wiped it on. It looks great except for where I didn’t get quite all the glue sanded off the corners.

She hasn’t gotten it yet, so don’t spill the beans! However, I don’t know if she even knows this site exists. Now, I need to put those diamond earrings in there and she will really be impressed.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 06:16 PM

Very Nice, clean lines with elegant beauty, She will Love this piece, the earnings will be nice too, lols, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 06:30 PM

great first box

and the gift to your bride

congratulations to you both

well done uncle sras

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 06:32 PM

It’s very attractive. She’ll be touched for sure.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 06-09-2011 06:51 PM

Great job! Considering it is your first box it looks excellent (even if it wasn’t a first box – it is very well done). What a great present…she will be very happy, I’ll bet, especially since it was made by you….that will make it all the more thoughtful…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 06:51 PM

Great job on your first in depth build! I am a sucker for clean simple lines…very timeless.

You should get used to picking your own work apart. After every job I do I always find something that I say I’ll do differently on the next build. The client could be thrilled and never notice it, but you will every time you look at it in your portfolio.

To me that’s a really cool part of woodworking, constantly perfecting your skill until you put your tools away for good.

The box looks great and is full of sentimental value. You probably just built the first heirloom for your new family!

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#6 posted 06-09-2011 07:01 PM

Great job. It came out beautifully.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#7 posted 06-09-2011 07:45 PM

nice,big points will be given for this for sure

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#8 posted 06-09-2011 07:45 PM

Thanks everyone for all the comments nice comments. I am getting very anxious to give it to her. You are correct Bauerwood, I am in the middle of my next project right now, and I’m already finding things I would have done differently it too.

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#9 posted 06-09-2011 08:24 PM

Look beautiful.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#10 posted 06-09-2011 08:55 PM

Best wishes to the bride , congratulations Jras .

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#11 posted 06-10-2011 03:13 AM

Looks great Jras! Nice job on the surprise idea – classy! Just a couple weeks and we’ll be there to see it in person (oh – and the wedding too ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 06-10-2011 01:51 PM

Well done! I am sure she will treasure it! Congrats to you both!

-- christopheralan

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#13 posted 06-10-2011 09:05 PM

Nice looking box! Congrats on the wedding. I’m sure she’ll cherish it.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#14 posted 06-10-2011 10:45 PM

When you make a box like this, the inspiration is the key to make it so beautiful. Congratulations on your wedding.

-- Bert

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