Mom's New Jewerly Box

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Project by AKSteve posted 05-07-2012 11:46 PM 1883 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this was not an easy project, I didn’t have any specs to go off of. I’ts 14” x 7” with a flip top and a drawer in the front. Made of Walnut and Hemlock for the drawer and MDF for the bottoms. I just sat down and started building and came out with this.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 11:51 PM

What a great project and a wonderful job.

I would give anything to have made one for my mom. Never miss a moment to let them know they are special.

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 01:14 AM

Nice work for no plans. I bet your mom loves it.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 02:41 AM

The best plans, grow as a go. This came out very nice, great gift for Mom.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 03:34 AM


Wonderful gift. I think your basic design is sound and well balanced. I like the detail of the indent around the drawer pull. It gives an added design element. It looks like you have mastered the basic elements of good construction and form. Plans can be very limiting. Are there drawer guides? Are the hinges inset or overlay?

Food for thought…corner splines add a lot of strength to the joints. For jewelry, smaller divided areas are sometimes desirable. Steve, any man who has learned to live in Alaska has earned my admiration. Keep boxing and thanks for sharing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 04:15 AM

Super job ,Mom had to love it.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 04:32 AM

I forgot to mention, I had my Mom pick out the type of wood and the Purple Felt was her idea, I was really worried about the color, but wow, she knows what she is talking about! it really looks good. Thanks for all of the compliments. I love doing things for family,

Boxguy I was going to put corner splines in it in the beginning, and I unfortiunately forgot! I was going to use some Wenga to do that with, it would have looked pretty good, that dark brown Walnut with the almost black wenga. but alas I forgot! Duh. but it is pretty strong enough though, I put a 1/4 inch mdf on the botton and the top compartment so it should be pretty strong enough. hinges are overlay. And yeah more compartments are pretty good, but you know My Mom has a very llimited Jewelry collection and I didn’t want to overwhelm her with more compartments, she is 73 now and simplicity is her mantra, LOlL. thanks for the Advice and hopefully I will remember the splines next time!

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 04:33 AM

It’s your very own design. And it’s Very attractive. Nice job!


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#8 posted 05-08-2012 10:36 AM


-- Nimkee** Joe

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#9 posted 05-08-2012 11:24 AM

It’s a real nice box. Congratulations.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 05-08-2012 02:17 PM

Great project. I like building by the seat of my pants. Usually only have a rough sketch highlighting the joint patterns.
This has really nice proportions and finish. Top notch job!
I have to start jewelry boxes for my two daughters. This has many of the elements I’m looking for. Thanks for posting.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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