Cherry Jewelery Box

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Project by sdsteve01 posted 04-16-2012 06:40 AM 1596 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here it is, so far my signature piece.
I’m pretty happy with it, but…
I am still very much learning the craft of fine woodworking. I have had a nice little shop for a little over a year, but had been concentrating on projects made only with machines. My wife gave me the Paul sellars book/dvd package for christmas, and thats when the real fun started! After gearing up with a couple thousand dollars worth of new hand tools, I set about making the projects in the book, with varying degrees of success.
I graduated (LOL) to boxes, and I’ve made a few now. Most of them were my own design.
This particular box ended up ok. It could have been nicer, but it was lots of fun, and I learned a lot. Isn’t that the point?
My once pristine hand cut dovetails deteriorated significantly each time I dry assembled the box, and that was several times. So I ended up with a fair bit of epoxy in the external joinery. All the dividers are set in hand cut dados. My future boxes will have just glued in dividers. As careful as I was I still ended up a touch out of square here and there.
I also wish I would have recessed the hinges. But as it is, with panels so thin, the screws still came through to the inside.
I sanded the whole box through to 320. I finished the insides before final assembly, because I knew it would have been impossible once the box was together.
The finish, inside and out, is one coat of shellac, then sanded to 400.

-- Jesus was the original carpenter...that never scabbed on IRONWOKERS

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 08:06 AM

Each project gets better and better, also easier as the learning curve sets in. Keep up the good work!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 11:30 AM

Very nice, great job!! We learn from each project and buy more tools.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 11:55 AM

We are our own worse critic.

You did a great job on this…especially the dovetails.

Keep doing what your doing and each skill set you employ will get better as time goes on.

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

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 02:45 PM

Thank you gentlemen, for the encouragement. Each project is definitely getting better, so progress is definitely encouraging.

-- Jesus was the original carpenter...that never scabbed on IRONWOKERS

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#5 posted 04-16-2012 03:15 PM

Very nice work. I’m also trying to learn boxmaking using hand tools, making slow progress, but it’s a lot of fun!

Could you tell me a little about how you constructed the lid and box bottom?

Thanks for sharing!

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#6 posted 04-16-2012 04:23 PM

Keep up the good work and you will invariably improve your skill.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 04-16-2012 07:54 PM

Grego, the sides of the box are made from 8/4 cherry, milled to 9/16 ths. The top and bottom are made from whatever left over cherry I had, all milled to 9/16ths, edge jointed, and laminated. I glued the bottom on first, with trusty ole titebondII. Then I cut it to size. At that point I took some measurements and decided at what depth I would cut the top off. Then I glued the top panel on, and cut it to size. Then I cut the top off on my tablesaw, forming the box and the lid. I was nervous about the tablesaw cut, so I clamped a piece of 1/2” MDF a foot high to my ripfence for extra support, and it all worked well. Thanks for asking!

-- Jesus was the original carpenter...that never scabbed on IRONWOKERS

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