Frame & Panel Jewelry Box - Curly Maple and Figured Makore

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Project by Rickterscale posted 03-23-2013 08:45 PM 3246 views 20 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

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#1 posted 03-23-2013 09:47 PM

Nice work wood choice works well together

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#2 posted 03-23-2013 09:58 PM

Wow! That is a work of art and don’t you forget it! Suuuuuuuuweet!

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#3 posted 03-23-2013 10:34 PM

Very nice…...x2…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#4 posted 03-23-2013 10:47 PM

It shows that you took your time to do a great job for someone special. Beautiful wood choices.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 03-23-2013 11:05 PM

Beautiful box!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#6 posted 03-23-2013 11:23 PM

Wow, lots to like here. The splined miters, and the quality of the inner trays take it to the next level.

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#7 posted 03-23-2013 11:32 PM

I love this box! I PM’d you of how you attached legs to framed panels for us newbies. I’d love to make one similar in design. Thanks and this is a #1 IMHO

-- mike c

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#8 posted 03-24-2013 12:42 AM

By the way after looking more is the tray the only thing stopping the lid when closed.

-- mike c

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#9 posted 03-24-2013 12:44 AM

nakedjoinery – I was going to use biscuits, but because it’s long grain to long grain I didn’t think biscuits would have added much of any strength. Probably would have weakened it, since the biscuit cutter hogs out a decent amount of material (would remove a good deal of face grain), and my biscuits never fit all too snuggly. So I just glued and clamped it. I don’t envision any failure – it shouldn’t be subjected to any great stresses.
And yes, the tray is all that holds the lid flush. I thought of adding some other kind of stop, but couldn’t think of a way to do it without getting in the way and taking up space. So I just sized the tray to leave the top perfectly flush with the top of the box.

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#10 posted 03-24-2013 01:06 AM

Very nice build. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#11 posted 03-24-2013 01:27 AM

A beautiful box: cool design, astoundingly gorgeous woods, clean joinery, and flawless finish! I don’t know anyone who could knock that out in a weekend!

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

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#12 posted 03-24-2013 02:28 AM

Nice box I liked the detail of the leopard cushions in the bottoms.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#13 posted 03-24-2013 02:50 AM

As a noob to WW, that really inspires. Did you have to buy things to fill it :)?

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#14 posted 03-24-2013 03:14 AM

Ha! Good call ChipByrd. My wife has very little jewelry, and the inner dimensions are 11.5” x 9” X 5” high So yes, I probably did shoot myself in the foot (or wallet) with this one!!

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#15 posted 03-24-2013 03:24 AM

Truly awesome work

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

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