Curly Maple Jewelry Box

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Project by StephenSchaad posted 06-25-2012 01:18 AM 2215 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this jewelry box a couple months ago. Took far too long because I tried using lacquer for the first time and had lots of difficulty.

It’s made from curly maple with black felt inside. I also made two removable boxes inside, one large box and one small one below it. I also used a lock for the first time and it turned out pretty well. I also used the table saw to make the curves on the body which was something I’ve always wanted to try. I also used joint keys (not sure of the proper name of these) for the first time. I wasn’t sure about them so I used maple so it wouldn’t stick out if they didn’t work out well.

One of these days I might find a pretty little lady that deserves it, or I might turn it into a humidor for myself! hahaha

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#1 posted 06-25-2012 01:38 AM

Nice box. Still working my technique on these.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-25-2012 01:58 AM

Thanks Monte. Your boxes look awesome! That natural edge on the lids really looks great. I can’t wait to try something like that on a box.

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#3 posted 06-25-2012 02:16 AM

Nice job. You’re right…those splines are hard to see, at least in the pic’s. Does the top tray rest on the bottom tray?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 06-25-2012 02:32 AM

Thanks Gary. They are tough to see in person too which is what I was going for on this project. The top tray is the full size tray. It rests on the half size tray below and the other half of the bottom has a divider in the middle of it. Difficult to describe and even more difficult to photograph since it’s black felt. haha I’m thinking about putting a divider in the middle of the trays to make it easier to pull them out.

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#5 posted 06-25-2012 04:02 AM

Nice looking box. Curly maple’s one of my favorite woods. Thanks for sharing.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#6 posted 06-25-2012 05:23 AM

Very nice Stephen – might I ask where you got the lock from?


-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#7 posted 06-25-2012 07:08 AM

The splines look just fine…. at least from what I can see. Not too bad at all, and that is a pretty wood. Well done. :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#8 posted 06-25-2012 01:55 PM

Sharp looking box, the design is classey with some nice added extras, the wood is beautiful, Great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 06-25-2012 03:09 PM

It took me a while to figure out what to call those things myself. From my research I discovered the miter keys are the ones like you have there and I use. Miter splines are inside the miter and not visible from the out side or inside of the box. Only when looking down on the joint will they be seen.

That’s a really nice box. Thanks for sharing.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#10 posted 06-25-2012 07:19 PM

Good thought, Stephen, on putting the divider in the tray to help lift it out. IMO, you dont really need one in the bottom since you can easily use the side of the box.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 06-25-2012 11:56 PM

Ian, I got the lock from Woodcraft. It’s a no mortise lock and it was pretty simple to use. Very happy with it.

JoeyG, Thanks. I like the miter keys with different woods for a contrast. Really cool looking!

Gary, I think you’d have to see the box in person because I can’t really show the interior since it’s black. The bottom tray is fitted between a divider in the box. I think I might skip the tray dividers anyway. haha

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#12 posted 06-26-2012 12:26 PM

great job! box is awesome !! love the wood too hope to get my hands on some of that wood someday.Here on the east coast hardwoods are so expensive.

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#13 posted 10-15-2014 01:24 AM

Great looking box Stephen. I love to work with the curly maple. You done a fine job!!

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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