|Project by Blackie_||posted 01-08-2013 03:51 PM||2712 views||5 times favorited||19 comments|
Pictured: I believe this is one of my best builds to date, This Bandsaw Jewelry Box is a combination of 3 woods, Alder as the core, wrapped with spalted hackberry front and rear with mahogany on the sides, mahogany for the legs, hand made mitered lid for the top which consists of Mahogany for the outside and spalted hackberry for the inside so as to give the box a flow the lid lifts off to reveal more hidden storage along with a hidden compartment a custom made false bottom door, it offers 6 drawers, a ring drawer, necklace hanging drawer, a hidden drawer and a lift out tray that acts as the key to opening the false bottom door on top by way of magnets, all drawers are flocked and I used felt to make the ring holders, it measures 13 1/4” x 5 1/4” x 7 1/4 “ it is sanded down to a #600 and finished with one coat of tung oil and 3 coats of Lacquer.
Build: Most anything that I start on is unplanned, it all comes together in my thoughts at the workbench during the build, This build I wanted a change along with a challenge, these two elements are a what motivate me, I started off wanting a new or different look so with that thought in mind what woods I should select for this project, I first always choose Alder for the core since alder is the least expensive by doing this it keeps my more expensive and rare woods on the shelf plus it’s easy to work with, I then picked spalted hackberry as the face and rear with Mahogany for the sides not knowing what the outcome was going to look like but I think I put together a nice combination, I first started off by gluing together several pieces of Alder to create the core, I then sliced into two pieces from a single piece of 1” thick Spalted hackberry and planed down to 3/8” thick and did the same to a single piece of 7/8” thick of Mahogany, I took one of the hackberry and made it the face, I taped it to the face of the alder making it good and tight all the way around I then after penciling in the diagram, I made the cuts following the grain so as to hide the cut lines, that’s why no one is ever able to see my entry points or cut lines. There was no need to slice the back off first as the other spalted hackberry would become the back thus making the box even deeper. Once the plugs were cut I then removed the face and made all of the finish sanding on all parts starting with #80 grit working down to #600 once that was done with drawers made and sanded, I first added glue to the front and back then the sides and pieced the box together using ratchet straps along with clamps for the glue up, I allowed enough room at the top with also in mind to add more storage space and add a hidden compartment which worked out perfect. I optioned not to put a pull handle on the top so as to give an hidden image on the added extra storage on top, the lid is not as it seems and is easily lifted off to reveal the hidden area, Once again not just a bandsaw box but what I like to think of as a hybrid with all the additions and changes.
Scope: I wanted to create something that would offer eye popping appeal and beauty along with much of what a lady needs in a jewelry box also with added features such as the necklace drawer, lift out tray the hidden drawer, a ring drawer and the hidden compartment on top.
Thanks so much for looking and comments are always enjoyed.
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