Figured Hickory & Walnut Jewlry Box

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Project by Dave Haynes posted 12-13-2012 07:36 PM 2307 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m adding a couple of new projects today of some jewelry boxes I made for a friend at my church. He has two daughters that he wanted to get a nice Christmas gift for. He knew I was in to woodworking and had made some boxes in the past and asked me if I was interested in making his daughters each a jewelry box. Of course I couldn’t turn him down.

Here is the result of the box that I made him for “Jennifer”. I used some of the material that I had left over from when we installed the new floor in our family room. This stuff is perfect for making boxes and I feel that this wood is quite attractive when finished. I accented the box with a walnut insert and corner keys.

My friend wanted some engraving on the top to personalize it to his daughter and it came out really nice. It is hard to tell from these photos of just how nice that engraving came out! The box has a top lift-out tray to hold the smaller pieces of jewelry and a larger compartment under the tray for larger items such as necklaces, etc.

I used Brusso 95° stp hinges to secure the lid to the box. As most of you would know, these hinges are extruded and machined which allows for much less (if any) “sloppiness” in their movement.

I finished the box with two coats of Danish oil and after allowing to dry for 72 hours, I applied the first of three coats of Minwax hand rubbed poly. After the finish was dry, I lined the lift-out tray floor and the inside bottom of the box with dark green velvet as the final touch.

Like I said…......I had fun doing the boxes. I sell boxes like this at my Etsy store as well. Hope you like the looks of this box and if you have any suggestions for improvement…......I’d love that!

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 07:47 PM

Very nicely done…

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 07:53 PM

nice work. Have you ever considered barrel hinges instead of the standard hasp type hinge?

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 07:54 PM

Great effort on that box! Classy..

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 08:06 PM

Nice looking box! I’m sure the daughters will love it and get some good use out of them.

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 08:21 PM

Charles…...I had never attempted to use barrell hinges on boxes but I am definitely willing to try it. Have you done this before? Is it hard to do? Just curious.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#6 posted 12-13-2012 08:40 PM

Hi Dave,
I have only recently attempted the barrel hinges in my latest box – not completed yet. I find them very easy to install and very elegant. I’ll post the box when it’s done. I have about 15 projects going at once! My latest clock will be done in February which is somewhat in the way! Not sure when I’ll have the box done but, not later than January….

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#7 posted 12-13-2012 09:57 PM

I love this. Angelic and appealing.

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#8 posted 12-13-2012 10:19 PM

Very nice craftsmanship. They look great.

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

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#9 posted 12-13-2012 10:33 PM

Very nice work Dave. Nice choice of wood!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#10 posted 12-13-2012 10:55 PM

beautiful boxes dave, i know they will love them, nice wood choices..

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#11 posted 12-13-2012 11:26 PM

Beautiful box

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 12-14-2012 05:00 AM

Very nice work, Dave.

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#13 posted 12-14-2012 06:38 AM

Super looking jewelry box Dave

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#14 posted 12-14-2012 06:01 PM

Great work, beautiful box

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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