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Project by JohnMeeley posted 817 days ago 1662 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So…
This all started with learning sketchup and trying to design a Jewelry box for my daughter. I went through all sorts of learning curves. In the end I pretty much forsake sketchup and my noble design in the face of a deadline.

My wife found these padded inserts at some craft store and brought them home. She suggested building a box to hold both of them gracefully

It is my hope that I may have accomplished that.

The wood is leftover 3/4×5 1/4 T&G rosewood flooring material that I installed last year in two rooms in our home. After cussing through the removal of the factory finish, the pieces were thicknessed to 5/8” for glue up blanks. Then scraped and thicknessed down to 1/2” for sides and top, and 1/4” for the bottom. After the basic mitered corner box build and glue up, I utilized my spline jig on all four corners to insert 1/8” hard maple splines. I then set my TS to 5 degrees to bevel the upper two thirds of the box. Then, I set the TS to 10 degrees to bevel the bottom one third. The top was created by cutting my 1/2” glue up blank to size with a 5 degree bevel on the edges. Then I installed a tall fence on the TS and beveled the face of the top also at 5 degrees. From 1/4’ to nothing for a somewhat pillow effect after much hand scraping to remove all of the tool marks. sidenote this was my first time using a cabinet scraper, and I’m never looking back!
The top was also rabbeted on my router table along the perimeter to set down into the box about 3/32” to ‘lock’ it in.
The finish is two coats of BLO followed by 4 hours of sunshine, then the next day, two coats of good ‘ol Johnson paste wax.

I look forward to critiques, all of you mean the most to me.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot





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DanoP

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#1 posted 817 days ago

the box is great. love all the small angles.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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JohnMeeley

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#2 posted 817 days ago

Thank you Dano. I love your turnings on a dime post. Wonderful.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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Greg3G

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#3 posted 817 days ago

Excellent box. The only thing I would do different would be to put a handle on the top of the lid, perhaps from the same wood used for the splines. The grain of the wood is beautiful. I’m sure your daughter will love it.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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JohnMeeley

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#4 posted 817 days ago

Greg, I did play with two ideas. However, either my lack of time or the fact I tried rosewood mockups instead of maple turned me off to the idea. But if I could find such, a pewter handle of sorts would look good. A third elememt would be nice.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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jaykaypur

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#5 posted 817 days ago

Beautiful job.

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

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JohnMeeley

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#6 posted 817 days ago

jaykaypur, Thank you. of your many posts I like the ‘another mans trash’ the best.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 817 days ago

That is a beautiful jewelry box and it doesn’t look ‘easy’ to me. If the BLO smell becomes an issue, some shellac will cover it up. I like the smell but some hate it!

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

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ajosephg

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#8 posted 817 days ago

Really looks good

-- Joe

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tomd

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#9 posted 817 days ago

Very nice shape and design, love the color and grain. Great work.

-- Tom D

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JohnMeeley

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#10 posted 817 days ago

gfadvm, Joe and Tom… Thank you for the kind words. I don’t mind the smell, and given time for complete cure It dissipates anyway. The Black slate hearth it was photo’d on is finished with 50/50 BLO – Terpentine. The reason for the easy in the title was because of the store bought inserts. I ‘felt’ like I was cheating. (pun intended)

Thanks for viewing.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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Roger

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#11 posted 817 days ago

This is one heck-of-a creation John. All the details, etc., very nice. I likes it a lot

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 817 days ago

Very nice!! Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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stefang

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#13 posted 816 days ago

Nice box and nice work. Great design that lets the beautiful wood get most of the attention.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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bigkev

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#14 posted 816 days ago

Very nice box. That is some beautiful wood and fine craftsmanship.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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JohnMeeley

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#15 posted 816 days ago

Thank you. I gave it to my daughter yesterday. She loved it!

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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