50th Anniversary Jewelry Box For Our Friends

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Project by Dave Haynes posted 03-04-2012 12:00 AM 3057 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I have some very close friends who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and we wanted to get something special for them that they could commemorate that event with. Since I’ve been on the box making kick for the last few months, we thought that it would be nice if I would make a nice jewlery box for them to keep some of their heirloom jewelry in. I started this project back in early January and had it all completed except for the finish and the engraving which was completed early last week.

We ended up inviting them out to dinner last night and we arrived at the restaurant before they did and hid the gift bag under the table between us. It was really kind of neat how all the conversations around dinner never ever got to the point of mentioning their anniversary until afterward when my friend mentioned something about it (can’t remember exactly what was said) but this gave me the opportunity to grab the gift bag containing the box and set it on the table in front of them. What a look that they had on their faces when they saw what was inside! It really made my wife and I feel good.

The box is made out of some of the leftover figured hickory that we installed in our family room a couple of years ago and some walnut that I had laying around the shop. I used the walnut in the lid, the corner splines and in the bottom moldings. The bottom moldings are made from the cut offs from the female edge of the tongue & groove flooring boards and I planed down some walnut inserts to fit the groove. As you can see, I don’t like to throw anything away. I used two coats of Watco Danish Oil on it with three coats of Minwax Satin hand rubbed poly.

The photos of this project might give you an idea what they saw.

Needless to say, I didn’t put this one up at the Etsy storefront nor on my regular woodworking website.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 12:05 AM

Wow great gift and very fitting. very nice design with engraving and all.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 12:16 AM

That is a reaaly fantastic anniversary gift for your special friends. They are very fortunate.

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#3 posted 03-04-2012 01:30 AM

Beautiful and solid looking, great job on the jewelry box

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 03-04-2012 01:41 AM

A beautiful gift which I’m sure means a lot to them. How did you do the engraving on the top?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 03-04-2012 02:18 AM

truly beautiful gift…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 03-04-2012 02:26 AM

That’s a work of art. Lovely gift and I am sure they were blown away when they saw it.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 03-04-2012 04:06 AM

I’m quite sure it will be a precious possession. Did you carve the lettering or had it laser engraved? Either way it looks great.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 03-04-2012 05:20 AM

Beautiful. The lettering is flawless. How did you do it?

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 03-04-2012 01:37 PM

The engraving was done by a local lazer engraving company. The walnut piece in the lid was taken to them for the engraving before asssembling the box sides around the top, and before separating the top from the bottom. I can’t take credit for the engraving. I am currently working on a memorial box for a customer that has been engraved with their son’s name on the top in the same manner. If you’re interested in this type of stuff, I would suggest that you look locally for companies who do this, or I could give you the name of the one I use here in nothern Indiana.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#10 posted 03-04-2012 03:23 PM

Great job on this box and what a nice story to read in the morning! Congrats to you and your friends.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 03-04-2012 10:38 PM

Attractive box. The woods work well together. Very warm, cohesive feeling to it.

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

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#12 posted 03-05-2012 07:43 AM

I love this box. I’ve been looking for ideas for a keepsake box for my daughter, and yours is an inspiration. I like the not-overdone contrast, the clean lines of your design, and the hefty, permanent look of the box. Perfect for a 50th anniversary gift. Thanks for posting.

-- "Life's nonsense pierces us with strange relation." Wallace Stevens

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#13 posted 03-05-2012 02:26 PM

Nice job, what a wonderful gift.

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

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#14 posted 03-08-2012 02:38 AM

What can I say Dave….......very nice work!

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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