Slant sided Jewelry Box

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Project by jumbojack posted 04-21-2013 12:39 AM 2224 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished waxing the latest Secret Stash Jewelry Box. This one features a 7 degree slant in the sides. The box is from Sapele with cherry miter keys. I used a different wood for lid and base, CEBIL, a S American hardwood. Cebil has a nice odor when cut; a little like Rosewood, but different. It is very hard and polishes very nicely. The panel is the last of the Redwood Burl I acquired. This Secret Stash area is a little different, as the base provides the area, rather than the box. In the last photo you can see the magnets in the base and the box There is about 3/4” of space in there to squirrel away items you dont want in the open. The tray and dividers are some local sourced Redwood, from a neighborhood tree.
Under the wax is several coats of Lacquer, my go to finish. I love the look and smell of Lacquer.
I took Greg the box sculptors advise and used a router to mortise the hinges. After dialing in the depth it went very smoothly, MUCH easier than the chisel method I have been using.
I debated on leaving that sapwod in the base, but it kinda blended in to the side so well I left it.
Again the magnets were a problem. If you were just using two the solution is simple but orienting eight has been a problem. I think I have solved it and am going to play with the hypothesis this week end.
Thanks for looking.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 04-21-2013 12:49 AM

A beautiful box of some great woods. That redwood burl is extra special!

Good call on using the sapwood as I think it adds interest and character.

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

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#2 posted 04-21-2013 01:08 AM

That is one good looking box. I like everything about it – the slanted sides adds to the overall appeal of the box – and the hidden portion at the bottom is a nice idea, but having been a Policeman for over 30 years – I can promise you that anyone burglarizing the home will pick up the jewelry box, and either take it with them or dump the contents into a bag and throw the box on the floor. But I still like the idea – it will keep things hidden from “honest” people. :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 04-21-2013 03:44 AM

Awesome box…! I like the slanted sides, it adds that little something extra to enhance the nice wood selections.
Have you tried using dowel pins line up the magnets? I use them and it makes them easy to align…

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#4 posted 04-21-2013 04:38 AM

Beautiful work.

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#5 posted 04-21-2013 04:54 AM

Very nice work. I focused on the next post after you, a bowl, and missed this the first time. I can’t believe I did that, but the wood is subtly beautiful. The Burl is a nice contrast. Great job on the tray and bottom dividers.

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

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#6 posted 04-21-2013 06:33 AM

Great work!

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#7 posted 04-21-2013 12:26 PM

Love the whole project. It’s a beautiful box that is fantastically designed.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 04-21-2013 12:37 PM

Fabulous box… Great design and execution… If its true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery… I intend to flatter you by copying your design for a jewelry box I will be making for a niece who graduates from High School in a few months…

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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#9 posted 04-21-2013 12:46 PM

Tis a beauty. Lotsa nice features and wood combos

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 04-21-2013 01:33 PM

cajapen, the secret stash area is not so much, if at all, for theft deterrent because like you said the entire box usually goes either with or to the floor where it would come apart. More of a place to keep things close but out of sight. Marriage license, a few photos, hide $ from the kids etc.

Greg, it is not aligning the magnets, it is getting the polarity correct. I put pairs together and marked the outsides with a pen as you suggested a month ago. But they can still be out of polarity when using four pairs. I am going to put four magnets on a steel ruler and test polarity with a single magnet. ALL of the pairs have to have the correct polarity as I want the base to match the box in either direction.

Thanks Carl, I am flattered. Get started now. I spent a month on this box, working on it after work, and between honey do’s.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#11 posted 04-21-2013 02:35 PM

I love this one Jumbojack! Nice lines, great style … and of course the secret hidden space!! I laughed when you mentioned loving the smell of lacquer … I’m right there with you buddy! And people wonder why we are such a happy lot!!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#12 posted 04-21-2013 04:13 PM

This is a very nice looking box. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 04-21-2013 08:49 PM


-- God exists... But relax, He's not you!

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#14 posted 04-22-2013 07:41 AM

Jumbo, congratulations on a “Top Three”! There is much to like in this work. The sides add interest. I see you started with thicker sides and then cut them down. I like what that does with the corner splines. Like here. Did you use some kind of hidden splines in the lid joints? The colors of the various woods blend well, but border on a bit busy in terms of look. Sapele is one of my favorite woods to work with…I love the smell too. Redwood burl has a really lovely color and pattern…but it is soft. The magnets are a nice touch too. Thanks for sharing this design with us. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 04-29-2013 12:48 AM

Very nice box Jumbo !!!!!!! I like the slanted sides a lot.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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