Tsunami Guitar Jewelry Box

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Project by Tennessee posted 09-22-2012 01:00 PM 6778 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box style has been asked for by a number of my customers, including the owner of a music store, who will display it for me.
Canarywood front for that yellow tint, which is airbrushed with Minwax Jacobean stain on the edges to create a sunburst effect like many guitars have.
The main body is North Carolina oak, harvested in 2004. The main legs and knobs on the hidden drawers are purpleheart. The knobs on the visible drawers are tuner keys off guitar tuners I had lying around, not high enough quality to put on a guitar, but chop off the key, and they make great knobs. The finish is nitro lacquer, polished, same as a vintage guitar.

Drawer mania! There are six main drawers, and three hidden drawers, including a tiny 1/2” high drawer to hold one diamond ring. Overall, one necklace drawer, two ring drawers, one drawer with padded lining for a couple of ladies watches, two main drawers for general jewelry, and three hidden drawers.

It stands about 13” high, about 6” wide, and four inches deep.

Thanks for looking!!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 09-22-2012 01:15 PM

Holy crap, that is awesome! Nice work


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#2 posted 09-22-2012 01:33 PM

wow.i couldn’t even imagine that nevertheless build it.i like the hidden drawers and nice job on the airbrushing.nice box.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 09-22-2012 04:08 PM

I had been wondering when I would see your first box. You did a really great job. Too much detail to take in all at once. Good luck selling these.

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

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#4 posted 09-22-2012 08:24 PM

love it

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 09-23-2012 05:22 AM

Paul, that is one lovely box. Mind if I ask how you did the inside of the ring drawers? Looks like you have it set up to hold the rings very well

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 09-23-2012 11:28 AM

Very nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 09-23-2012 02:50 PM

Robert: Thanks, I have actually been making quite a few of these, and made more “normal” ones years ago for gifts and my wife owns about six of them, including two Lotus boxes. Right now, I’ve got them in two stores, with a third one on the way as soon as I can get more boxes made! Still got two guitars on the table.

Larry: The ring drawer insert goes like this. You have to get regular soft, low density foam like you would get in a store that sells fabric, (I use Hobby Lobby), and band saw off about a 3/16” thick band of the foam the width of the box. Then I glue the felt to the foam with spray adhesive. In the case of my drawers, now I have a strip of felt covered 3/16” foam about nine-ten inches long, the width of the drawer. I flip that over, and mark a cut line at every one inch mark on the foam until I have nine one inch sections. Then I fold it in half LONG WAYS, foam with marks facing out, and cut each line with a razor knife so the cut covers the middle 60-70% of the width of the strip. This acts like a hinge to help fold it, and provides a catch for the rings when done. (More info on that below) Unfold it flat, and start curling each inch into a hump as you see in the box. Usually, inch increments work fine, and then I simply spray just a little spray adhesive into the drawer to hold the now folded up section. When you put it in, sometimes it is easier to fold them while putting it in the box, but you have to move fast because the spray adhesive will start to grab the foam fast. I often use a flat screwdriver to manuever the humps around to get them all about the same. When done, you can put in a ring, and the cut you previously made catches the bottom of the ring, and it stays in the drawer, even if you shake it upside down.
Thanks for looking!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#8 posted 09-24-2012 10:53 AM

Very nice Bandsaw Box.

Making ring drawer;
I first flock the bottom of the drawer the desired color and purchase matching color felt
what I do on making my ring slots is use normal felt, the color you are looking for also purchased at a fabric store, measure the length or width depending on the drawer and cut several piece’s of felt 2 – 3 inches x the drawer measurement roll them up nice and tight add instant bond paste adhesive to glue them together so as it stays in a nice tight roll then tuck them inside of the drawer tight enough so that they don’t slip out.

Here is a picture also sorry Tennessee hope this is OK not trying to step on toes. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#9 posted 09-24-2012 12:21 PM

No problem. I actually went to a store that sold jewelry boxes and kind of investigated the ring drawers, and they all were made as I make mine. The only difference was I saw a lot of squirted hot melt glue on the bottom to hold the folded felt, and in some cases it had creeped up into the slits, so I choose to use a little spray adhesive. Your system may be better, it’s up to whomever is doing the building.
For the record, personally I hate messing with flock, I can never get it all picked up when I am done and it migrates everywhere.
By the way, nice box there, what I can see of it!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#10 posted 09-24-2012 02:29 PM

Thanks Tennessee, take a peek at my projects it’s in there among other of my designs.

I have to agree with the flock, it’s not my fav thing to do either, what I do is I take a large box, then a very large plastic trash bag, cut holes in all corners pull corners of the plastic bag through the holes creating a lining inside of the box then flock in there but you still have the clean up.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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