|Project by Rickterscale||posted 03-23-2013 08:45 PM||3507 views||21 times favorited||25 comments|
This is a jewelry box I made for my lovely wife for her birthday. I’m always amazed when someone posts an awesome box they made in a weekend. I started on this one after Christmas and finished it mid-March.
Woods are curly maple, African mahogany (for the trim, legs, dividers and splines), and some crazy figured makore (one of those great eBay finds) that I veneered over ¼” mdf. The lid hinges on 1/8” brass rod hinges.
To maximize the incredible chatoyance in the makore I filled the grain with super blond shellac (apply multiple coats of shellac, sand back to wood, repeat until grain is filled). Finish for the rest is a few coats of shellac (mixture of blond and garnett shellac to darken the maple a bit and bring out the curl) followed by 4-6 coats of arm-r-seal, then renaissance wax. I normally use satin arm-r-seal, but the flatteners seemed to obscure the makore’s figure quite a bit, so I went with high gloss.
The ring holder is made from a couple foam sanding blocks with the abrasive band-sawed off and wrapped with some super soft “minky” fabric my wife uses for making baby blankets. The box bottom is an African mahogany plywood I veneered. I made little inserts of the minky fabric for each of the compartments.
The lid is hinged on 1/8” brass rods.
The legs were individually shaped by hand (well, block plane).
Thanks for looking!