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Project by Boxguy posted 08-22-2012 01:17 AM 3882 views 15 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: This is a 9×7x6 jewelry box made of Movingui from Ghana and Black Walnut from Spencer, Indiana. The inside tray has divided segments on one side, and a foam and velvet keeper for rings and ear rings on the other half. The finish, applied with a one inch foam brush, is one coat of Minwax Tung Oil, two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly, final coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax with a OOOO steel wool rub between all coats.

Story: I like working alone in my shop, but sometimes it gets a little too solitary…even for me. So when my buddy Ken wanted to make a jewelry box for his wife, or daughter, we worked together in the shop on this project. It was productive, but we also took time to talk about a variety of topics and had fun getting to know each other better.

Basically: We each made a box. I would do a step in construction and Ken would follow and do the same thing to his project. It seems to be a good teaching technique, and we each have a finished box at the end of the process. The nice part about this is that Ken actually built this box himself, but he knew exactly what to do. Because he was willing to take his time on the sanding and finishing stages his first box turned out very well indeed. He did a great job…as you can see.

Construction Sequence: The board is planed to 5/8 and finish sanded on the inside side. A dado groove is cut for the bottom. The four sides are cut to length. The corners are 45ed. The bottom inserted and the carcass is glued and assembled. The corner splines are cut and inserted and then the top is glued on. All the edges are rounded and rough sanded. The top is cut off, the hinge mortise is cut and the hinge is screwed in place. Finally the box is finish sanded to 800 grit and the finish coats are applied. The last step is adding the stop chain. Several of these steps are detailed in my blog. Link

Critique: This was a fun project for both Ken and me. The movingui grain is almost holographic in sunlight. We like the detail of the splines in the tray. It is a nice touch and makes that part of the box elegant. The dado blade tended to chip this particular piece of walnut so that was a struggle.

Thanks: As always thanks for looking and a special thanks to all of you in Lumber Land who take time to give comments or suggestions. That is what makes posting fun and worth doing.

PS Addendum: Ken asked me to thank all of you Lumber Jocks for the support and compliments you sent his way. He is very proud of his first box, as he should be.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 08-22-2012 01:28 AM

what a beautiful little box, i love how the top shimmers in the light, the softer color of the box itself, , it looks like a happy little box…..., but i have one but…that chain…...a beautiful cord would look so nice…i know…ive said it before…… shame on me…but maybe if i remind you enough…i might get you to throw of the chains that hold you bound… yourself from the chains of…..well…you get the jest…lol…...but as always you sure make a beautiful box…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 08-22-2012 01:45 AM

Nice box you did alot of work I’m working on a box for my wife I will post it when it done never did one show it’s going slow and I have been sanding to 1200 just cause i got it lol .
So far the top looks like glass I got to costs of Wipe-On Poly.
And like you sad I sanded the in side befor i put ti to gather .
Now I’m working on the in side of the box when I’m done I was thanking of lining it with something.
I’m having fun for my first box .
Yours is nice hope mine looks as good !

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#3 posted 08-22-2012 02:12 AM

Grizz, Yeah, I know you like cords, but what would I do with the 50 feet of chain I bought on line? And when are you going to provide that source of cords you talked about? Thanks for the comments… and it is a happy little box with a shimmering top. Keep boxing and keep posting.

Joe, good luck on your box making, and I hope to see it on line when you are done.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 02:17 AM

Beautiful work of art. Be glad when the day comes where I can come close to your quality of work. Its awesome. Appreciate you posting. This give me something to work toward. You have set the goal high but that’s okay.
Take care, have a great week.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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Arlin Eastman

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 02:26 AM

That is the nicest box I have ever seen or made. Well done my friend.
I would love to take lessons from you anytime :) :) :) I can not do enough :)


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 02:28 AM

Thomas, thanks for the compliments, but remember Ken made this box with a little guidance from me. It was his first box. Nothing here you can’t do.

Arlin, What a nice comment, thanks. I hope to do an on-line class this winter. It will take me a while to get my part ready. I want to do lots of photos and not too many words. Stay tuned. At the moment you and I are nearly 400 miles apart. In the mean time, if I can help you…just ask. In the mean time, try this blog. Link

Paw, Movingui is a beautiful wood, but the figured pieces are the ones with the real fire. I was so lucky to get some movingui from a local veneer mill. These were backer boards, the last part of the log not turned into veneer. Of course I had to let them dry for a couple of years, but they sure are pretty and worth the wait.

Paul, you are so right. Sharing knowledge that we have mastered is one of life’s real joys…especially when you are sharing ideas with someone who really wants to learn what you have to teach. I know I have learned from your posts and comments. Your table blog and posting were fascinating. Hide glue is really peaking my interest. Thanks for sharing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 08-22-2012 02:40 AM

Never seen or heard of that beautiful wood. It is amazing how it shimmers on your very nicely made box!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 02:42 AM

Nice box, great story Al.
I know that I have the most fun when I’m teaching or helping someone do something new to them.
Everybody’s good at something and if we all share we can all learn from each other.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#9 posted 08-22-2012 03:05 AM

well im sorry i thought i did send it to you, ill make sure i send the info tomorrow, maybe once you try it a time or two, it will be something you like, if not you can always use the chain, besides, 50 feet of chain would make great winter time chains for your winter tires..or pull someone out of the ditch…or stake a goat out in the front yard and cut down on your mowing…LOL…goodnight al…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 08-22-2012 04:57 AM

Grizz, the goat concept is good. Why, with 50 feet of chain I could stake out a whole herd of goats, have all the cheese I want, and quit mowing all together. I’ll just have to take care where I walk…wouldn’t want to trip over a stake. Sleep well.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 08-22-2012 09:30 AM

the top of that box is just plain stunning great job on the finish as well.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#12 posted 08-22-2012 11:22 AM

Nice job and like the step by step process you provided.

Ken had a good teacher.

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

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#13 posted 08-22-2012 12:45 PM

I like the box: clean and simple with a fabulous finish. I couldn’t tell from the pictures how the smaller tray is supported. Did you add a small indent on which it “floats”, or did you just support it on the lower tray? Both designs work for me – just curious.

-- Whatever

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#14 posted 08-22-2012 01:04 PM

A very beautiful box, and build, with a nice story to go with it. That grain is way kool for sure.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Chris Speights

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#15 posted 08-22-2012 01:32 PM

You do great work, Al.

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