Wife's Cedar Jewelry Box

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Project by RTJM27 posted 10-02-2011 at 08:22 AM 2324 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first box I’ve built. It started out as a cedar tree I cut down. I don’t have a saw mil so I got it down to a manageable size with a chain saw and then used my chop saw to get the planks as close to the same thickness as possible. I have a planer now but didn’t when I made this so the corners were especially hard to line up. It looks ok but smells great.

-- Reed

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 at 11:29 AM

Reed, this is certainly a nice looking box and I am sure you wife enjoyed getting it as a gift. Building the box from wood that you milled yourself adds to the special quality of this box.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 at 06:10 PM

Welcome to LJs. You should be proud. From tree to box made with tools at hand.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 at 07:16 PM

Beautiful project, sounds like a good story to remember too.

-- Jeff, eastern Iowa

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#4 posted 10-02-2011 at 08:46 PM

Nice box!
I’m sure it smells as good as it looks.

I milled some cedar, and have been waiting for it to dry out.

-- Chuck

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#5 posted 10-02-2011 at 10:28 PM

You did a lovely job for your first box. Looks great.


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#6 posted 10-03-2011 at 11:22 AM

I really appreciate all of the positive feedback. I don’t know anyone to ‘talk shop’ with around here so this is a great venue for me. Thanks everyone for looking and commenting.

-- Reed

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#7 posted 10-03-2011 at 02:51 PM

That’s a wonderful box and I’m sure that she loved it. The wood is beautiful.

-- 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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#8 posted 11-08-2011 at 09:11 AM

Beautiful Jewelry Box!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 06-18-2013 at 06:45 AM

Beautiful box and wonderful story.

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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