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Project by jakub76 posted 973 days ago 1969 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hia,
I’ve caught the woodworking bug and wanted to try out a few concepts I have read about. I just completed a jewellery box for my 3 year old daughter. Apart from my cordless drill to help me round the feet, I used only (cheap) hand tools…by necessity.

The box is 12mm maple. I cut the dovetails free hand and the keen of eye will notice the unusual rear join. This is my attempt at salvaging a joint after I cut the first tail out with the fret saw instead of the waste! I cut a groove into the sides to accept a piece of ply for the bottom.

The lid is made up of a keyed, mitre-joint frame cut with a handsaw in a mitre block. The top piece was cut and planed to size then a rebate was pared in with chisels to allow it to sit inside the frame. The edges of the frame and top piece had a chamfer nervously planed in with my No5 but my over zealous sanding has rounded them out some.

The tray and rails are made from pine. Keyed mitre joints and some saw-and-chisel dados for the segments. Finally a rebate in the base to accept a veneered ply bottom (picture box_04).

I sanded everything 80, 180, 240, 320, 400. I stained the pine (should have wiped it down earlier for a more consistent finish) then I applied 3 coats of shellac to the whole project. I cut some soft art foam to sit in all of the segments and lined it with purple velvet ($3 from spotlight) careful only to glue on the underside.

My daughter helped me with various stages of the project, was excited seeing it take shape and now loves her little treasure box. A couple of weekends and a few bandaids later, I reckon I’ve probably learnt a few things – including a new appreciation for power tools.

Inspiration from this forum, particularly this project—> http://lumberjocks.com/Kerry/blog/5841





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WilsonCreations

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#1 posted 973 days ago

Nicely done! It’s great you involved her, she’ll have some good memories of it.
Welcome to LJ’s. With this as a start I look forward to your future projects.

-- Wilson

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 973 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks! A nicely done box.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Ian Hawthorne

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#3 posted 973 days ago

Welcome Jakub76 – very nice project and I’m sure your daughter will love it.

An ebony escutcheon would have finished it of perfect.

cheers

Ian

-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge! http://hawthornecrafts.com/our-blog/

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Napoleon

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#4 posted 973 days ago

Welcome to lj and what a fine box you have :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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jakub76

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#5 posted 973 days ago

Thanks Ian,
I was looking for a mother of pearl square/diamond shape to inlay as an escutcheon but made do with what I had – nothing. Have you got a pic of a nice example of an ebony escutcheon? I’m keen to see it well executed. It’s not too late to add one :)
Cheers,
Jakub

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Tootles

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#6 posted 973 days ago

Jakub

I was recently looking for mother of pearl inlay to repair a box. I haven’t bought any yet, but I did find that it is available on e-bay from both Australia and America.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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itsmic

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#7 posted 969 days ago

Nice looking box, beautiful wood and an interesting twist on the design, working with limited tools is something I can relate to. I call it “becoming one with the wood”, Your daughter will treasure this for all time, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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Sean

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#8 posted 260 days ago

I just looked at your trestle table which looks awesome, and then saw this in your other projects.

Those are some great dovetails for a first project, and seeing as this was done only two years ago, you’ve totally inspired me (being still a newbie) to get off my arse and get back to finishing my projects so I can get my skills to this level.

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