Jewelry Box

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Project by Grantman posted 01-04-2013 12:28 AM 1377 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a great piece of canary wood I had been saving for something. I got the idea of making a briefcase for myself. So I made a “hollow box” (all six sides mitered and glued) and cut it open. I was praying for little movement. You can see how beautiful the wood is in the ‘top shot’ and how badly I messed up in the shot where the case is opened. I should have made a frame and panel but, live and learn, eh? D’oh! :-)

Over Thanksgiving, my sister-in-law was visiting me and wanted to see the shop. She saw the case (sitting so forlornly on a table in the corner) and loved the wood. I had some scraps left over so after she left, I made her this jewelry box. However, another dumb design decision was to make the case only 1/4” thick leaving little room for hinges (unless I wanted an external hinge which would be inelegant) and certainly no way to have a chain to keep the lid from opening all the way. That’s what happens when one builds without thinking.

Luckily for me, I belong to the Modern Woodworkers Association and we had a breakfast where I brought the box and asked around for ideas on how to solve the problem. Someone (Chris Adkins?) came up with using little pins. I was afraid that I wasn’t a good enough craftsman for perfect registration to keep the lid in place with no overhang after it was closed, but after messing up so terribly on the original case, I figured what the heck, just go for it.

Needless to say, the pins worked and the registration is great and my sister-in-law loves the case. A very happy ending from a disaster at the beginning.

Now to figure out what to do with the original case…

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 12:56 AM

Fantastic jewelry box. Lots of great details.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 02:10 AM

Nice jewelry box of some beautiful wood. Some thin (1/4”) Shipwright style wooden hinges on the back of that box would look “elegant” to me. Not sure how to save the briefcase though. Did the top just warp that much after being cut off? That’s a major pisser!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 02:56 AM

Looks great and your pins did the trick, obviously. I probably would have taken the easy way out and made a lift off top and sworn I meant to do that…. hehe

I am a rank amateur but have seen the pin hinge used and it looks like a perfect thing. I definitely will attempt when I get round tuit….

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 03:52 AM

Nice piece, great outcome

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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