Asian-Style Jewelry Box

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Project by SawtoothRuss posted 12-03-2012 10:46 PM 2974 views 19 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was recently inspired to create rustic jewelry box and I searched the Internet for ideas. What I found was the following project on Lumberjocks, and ironically, the designer had challenged other woodworkers to make variations of the design. My motivation was to make a gift for my wife and to post a new project plan to my company’s website, Sawtooth Ideas.

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I came up with several ideas but didn’t settle on one until I found some Black Palm at a local store. The design I settled on is one that has a bit of an Asian flair to it with angled lines to complement the Black Palm but then stays true to the original design with the rounded feet. The design came from playing around with some different ideas in SketchUp.

I chose to use some Spalted Maple to go with the Black Palm and then selected pieces based on the pattern in the wood. This is the first time I have used Black Palm and it is an interesting material. It has a tendency to chip on the edges but the grain is so busy that you can’t see the defects.

The project has about 20 mitered corners so it is extremely helpful to have a miter jig. However, the mitered corners were not the most challenging part of the box. I found the most challenging part to be the legs. The legs have two corner notches on the inside in order to meet flush with the box.

You can see an example of a notch leg here before shaping. After one failed attempt at chiseling the notches I switched to using a flat edge router bit to rough out the notches. Then I used the chisels to clean up the corners.

You can see the leg when I am about to clean it up here. Finally, I shaped the leg by doing the tapers on the bandsaw and rounding it on the spindle sander.

It was a fun project and I plan to make another variation of it using some Ponderosa Pine and Osage that comes from our property and my wife’s family’s property.

Let me know what you think.

-- Russ, Idaho,

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 11:15 PM

Very nice! Keep up the good work!

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 11:43 PM

Good job. It’s a different look and I love unique.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-04-2012 12:02 AM

This is a super looking box,great job.

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#4 posted 12-04-2012 01:38 AM

I can see how the legs would be difficult. Great work, nice wood choice too.

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#5 posted 12-04-2012 01:45 AM

I like that quite a lot! I can’t wait to see your next variation. Hopefully it will inspire more Lumberjocks to design their own!


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#6 posted 12-04-2012 02:01 AM

You flat-out nailed this box! It’s absolutely, amazingly beautiful and the wood combinations are just over the top.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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#7 posted 12-04-2012 02:06 AM

Even the worm holes are in the perfect place.

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#8 posted 12-04-2012 02:38 AM


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#9 posted 12-04-2012 03:01 AM

great looking box. nice design and great combination of woods.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 12-04-2012 05:20 AM

Very nice design and build.

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#11 posted 12-04-2012 04:08 PM

Nice box, good strong design, well constructed.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#12 posted 12-05-2012 02:08 AM

Your box is stunning.

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#13 posted 12-05-2012 02:09 AM

Nice work!
That looks awsome!

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#14 posted 12-19-2012 03:24 PM

Very nice.

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