Cherry Jewellery Box

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Project by McChalmers posted 10-20-2011 09:10 AM 1526 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Apologies for the poor photo quality…

This is my first attempt at some serious woodworking; I am always doing some form of DIY related woodwork but have never attempted something quite like this.

I started the project about three years ago with the grand plan of giving it to my mum for her birthday that year. Unfortunately around the same time I got married and bought our first house, consequently other projects took up my time and the project ended up sitting in a cupboard for years. Now that we are settled into our home I decided I would crack on and get the project finished. This is me just finished it now, just in time for mums birthday this year.

I decided to go for a simple box design but opted for dovetailed joints and a veneered top to try and test myself. The project certainly proved challenging and there are several parts of the project I would like to of improved on but then I really would of been at it forever. Now I just need to work out what to attempt next…

-- Martin, Scotland

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#1 posted 10-20-2011 12:26 PM

Pretty darn nice for a 1st woodworking project…..I’m sure your mum will love it! Now you need to start on something nice for your spouse/home….that way your spouse will always be accepting of your new hobby!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#2 posted 10-20-2011 12:37 PM

Very nice Martin! the contrast between the burr and the oak is spot on.



-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 12:48 PM

You’re certainly on the right track. I hope your next project will be another box.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 10-20-2011 02:15 PM

You are a Natural! Beautiful box!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 10-20-2011 02:30 PM

It’s a beautiful box but I wish that you would post another picture of the top of the box. Nice job.

-- 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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#6 posted 10-20-2011 03:32 PM

Nice Jewerly Box, stylish with beautiful wood combos, the dovetail joints look great, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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Ian Hawthorne

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#7 posted 10-20-2011 03:43 PM

Now that I’ve had a closer look maybe that’s not oak.

-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#8 posted 10-20-2011 04:04 PM

First box and great results. You should be as proud of making it as your mom is about getting it.

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#9 posted 10-20-2011 04:14 PM

Turned out great, look foward to seeing what you make next.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#10 posted 10-20-2011 06:38 PM

That’s a nice box. Clean lines…well executed !!! Keep it up!!


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#11 posted 10-20-2011 06:56 PM

Thanks everyone for all the comments. Just realised I didn’t really say much about the box itself… the sides are made from cherry and I can’t remember what the veneer is, I want to so oak but I’m really not sure. For the tray insert I went with bare ply as I liked the resulting pattern created on the dividers.

When it came to finishing I wasn’t too sure what I was doing, but after some trial and error I went for 3 coats of finishing oil then 2 coats of bees wax, all knocked back with 0000 steel wool in between.

Helluvawrek – sorry the pictures aren’t great, was a mad dash to get some snaps before it got wrapped up and given away. I will try and get some better shots of it soon.

-- Martin, Scotland

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#12 posted 10-20-2011 09:15 PM

Very, very nice. I really like the spread of the dovetails. Great work.
I also would like to see a better picture of the top.

-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--

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#13 posted 10-21-2011 09:05 PM

I like that is is understated; not too fussy. The wood on top is beautiful. You tackled a mortised hinge, mortised lock, and dovetails on the first try! Very impressive!

-- Ben in Va

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#14 posted 10-24-2011 12:55 PM

That turned out beautiful for a first box…actually it would be beautiful as your 20th box. Very nice.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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