Routed Jewelry Box

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Project by SPalm posted 12-11-2011 07:47 PM 5004 views 28 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been thinking about building this box for a long time. I finally tried it. It turned out to be a bit more of a challenge than I had thought it would be (what doesn’t). I had shrunken my original design by 80% so it would fit my available lumber, and this ended up with a much thinner back than planned. I had purchased some nice Brusso hinges, but now they wouldn’t fit – so I adapted and went with wooden ones.

The basic carcass is held together with five dowels. Two are used as hinge pins for the drawers, and the other three are hidden inside the back. I made the back plate out of separate pieces to keep the assembly easier – dowels are so unforgiving. The drawers press against this back plate which allowed me to slightly sand the back of the drawers until they closed with just the front gap that I wanted. I used brass washers to separate the drawers. It all worked out quite nicely in the end.

The cherry all comes from one board. I added walnut feet and handles. The hinges are maple. It has several coats of Tung oil finish. When closed it is about 8.5 inches wide, 4.5 inches deep, and 4.5 inches tall.

I may try it again, so any comments are most welcome. Is the walnut too much? The drawers really do need a finger grab – the top not so much. Maybe I should line the trays with something.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 07:59 PM

Now that is neat. Very cool design. I like that alot. I think the walnut handles look just fine. Good job.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 08:00 PM

when I saw the thumbnail, I was unsure of how this was made. After seeing the total picture spread, I am fascinated by your concept & build. Very very cool.

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 08:02 PM

This is a really nice design – the swing out drawers really make the project special.

The walnut compliments the cherry perfectly. If I HAD to pick something to change, I would have made the handles a tad smaller – but only if you forced me to! ;-)

Great Job Steve!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 08:06 PM

Very cool design. I love the wood hinges. Thought about getting the Incra hingemaster…but just haven’t had the time or need to pull the trigger yet. Mayhaps when summer returns…

I always see things that I can improve on in my designs. I don’t think I have ever made a completely identical project except when making them at the same time. The fun is always about adding new stuff and improvements…it helps me to stretch my skills and take on new challengs.

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

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#5 posted 12-11-2011 08:08 PM

Great design, very cool look, kinda art deco.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#6 posted 12-11-2011 08:08 PM

I love it, and have never seen a box designed like that! Good work!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 12-11-2011 08:08 PM


Excellent job!

That is one great looking box.

I think it’s good that you scaled the size down…it gives it a much more refined look. Less is more, in this case.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 12-11-2011 08:09 PM

Love the box, a very nice design.

-- If it's not right, it's wrong

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#9 posted 12-11-2011 08:21 PM

Hey Steve
This one cool box super design,fit and looks. Great job My friend.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 12-11-2011 08:44 PM

Wow. Great work.
I would like to see the full size one you had planned.
Thanks for the post.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#11 posted 12-11-2011 08:49 PM

We are our own worse critic. The box is unique and well designed. We almost always have to make small mods when designing from our head. The wood choices go well together. Nicely done.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#12 posted 12-11-2011 09:03 PM


The box is great. A cool design

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 12-11-2011 09:22 PM

Great looking box! The last picture really does a good job of showing the assembly.

If I were to try something different, I would soften the hard edges on the handles a little more – maybe all the way to fully rounding them off. I think you could do without the top handle and add a finger recess to the front of the lid. Just ideas – might look better, might not…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 12-11-2011 09:26 PM

Steve… That is REALLY COOL!

When I first looked at it, I thought, “Wow, a real fancy band saw box!”.

NOT… but it could have been…

... and your COOL Signature wooden hinges!

Opens all kinds of doors to new ideas of design…

I like it!

Even for Cards… a deck in each drawer! :)

Super NICE job / idea!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 12-11-2011 09:54 PM

That’s great. Gotta try it sometime.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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