Oak and Purpleheart Jewelry Box

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Project by rustythebailiff posted 04-17-2013 09:38 AM 1859 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is actually an old project, but I thought it would be good for my first entry. I built a couple of these about 20 years ago. They were originally meant to hold coronets, but this one was left over, so I adapted it to a jewelry box for my wife.

I made the basic box out of red oak, with purpleheart for the inserts and box top inner frame. Those were the days before I had a buscuit joiner, so the box sides were put together with full length splines in a way to add a bit of a decorative element. I then added some splines along the corners, to add strength to the miters with a bit of decoration. The top slab is bass wood, nice and white for contrast, and soft enough for a chip carved wolf’s head (my wife loves wolves). Inside the lid, I normally covered the inner frame with a piece of 1/4 inch ply, but I added a feature of a hidden compartment. The ply is held in with magnets.

The whole interior was given a coating of burgundy colored flocking, much easier and cleaner than using actual velvet.

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#1 posted 04-17-2013 10:23 AM

Nice work, Love working with purple heart.

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

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#2 posted 04-19-2013 02:30 PM

Lovely box! Great design and joinery. Beautiful wood combo. Love the hidden storage. Great job!

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