|Project by KirkSawdustmaker||posted 05-06-2012 11:03 AM||1859 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
A friend asked me to make a jewelry box for her daughter’s college graduation present. I picked a design that was fairly portable, but would hold a decent amount of jewelry. The box is walnut with a Tung oil finish. I took a piece of mara for the drawer fronts, taking care to keep all the grain matched. I made a template for drilling the holes for the pulls, so for once they actually line up.
The biggest challenge on this box were the slots for the drawers. I typically cut a 1/4” wide and deep slot for each drawer. I then cut a matching slot in the drawer itself. I’ll glue 1/4” square stock in the box slot, and then sand as necessary to get a smooth fit. The box is 12” tall, so my router table couldn’t slot all of them. And since each side has to match exactly, I used the table to cut the slots for the top drawer. Then I made a jig 2” wide with a 1/4” ledge on it. This fit into the first groove, giving me a straightedge for the remaining slots. I started with the 2” piece and trimmed it down until matched the location for the next slot, since I had to allow for the spacing of the router as well. I used a trim router rather than my big one, otherwise I would have the straightedge off the box side.
The front was fairly plain, and the wife told me it needed something. I happen to have a Chinese front that didn’t get used on an older project, but was perfect for this one. So it got a Chinese flair at the end.
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