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Project by dan81 posted 04-27-2013 12:19 AM 1881 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this jewelry box for my wife out of TINY scraps that were laying around a friend’s wood shop (hence the lid being made up of three short boards). Not sure what all the species are, but the spalted maple is my favorite looking. I think the darkest wood is walnut, but I can’t be sure because my friend isn’t sure either. Whatever the dark wood is, it was a dream to work with hand tools. The maple was tough.

It’s my second box ever, and if you look closely you’ll see A LOT of mistakes. Ah well. The wife’s happy.

The box is about 6.5 X 8.5 inches and about 4 inches deep. I used predominantly hand tools, but did make a few cuts with my crosscut sled and table saw. This was my first real attempt at dovetails and after having cut a few “practice” ones in pine, I was super happy with how these came out. That was a nice surprise. I finished up with about a zillion coats of shellac, then buffed the daylights out of it with a rag and some carnauba wax.

This thing took me nothing short of FOREVER to make! It was mostly fun, though some mistakes were tough to swallow. I don’t know how you guys on lumber jocks are so fast at making stuff!?

Thanks for looking.

Dan

-- Glue-up is still the stage when everything that was perfect in dry-fit goes horribly wrong, but I'm working on it.





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 04-27-2013 12:23 AM

Looks good from here. I like the way you used the woods for the top.

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 04-27-2013 12:33 AM

Very cool box. Nice use of all the short “scraps”.

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

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 04-27-2013 12:54 AM

Way to go, putting your scraps to good use! The box looks good!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Jim Sellers

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#4 posted 04-27-2013 01:38 AM

The character of the woods make this a real work of art regardless of any flaws. Beautiful Dan.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 04-27-2013 07:32 AM

Very nicely done. That’s why most of us don’t show close up pictures, because we all make mistakes too. Practice will speed you up. Build a couple dozen and your time goes way down.

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

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Bradford

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#6 posted 04-27-2013 08:46 AM

Very nice box. The dovetails are the most prominent feature, followed by the contrast of species. I like this one.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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dan81

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#7 posted 04-27-2013 11:22 AM

Thank you for all the positive comments guys. I really appreciate it.

Even though the box has a lot of mistakes, (the worst of which was over cutting the hinge mortise on the left side under the lid – you can see the patch) I’m happy with the overall look. Since I’d never mortised a hinge before, I can accept imperfection, but I do so reluctantly.

You’re right about building 2 dozen and the time will go way down Monte. I found that’s true with building stone walls: I’m amazed at how much faster I’ve gotten over the years.

Thank you again for viewing and posting.

Dan

-- Glue-up is still the stage when everything that was perfect in dry-fit goes horribly wrong, but I'm working on it.

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LookingGlass

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#8 posted 04-27-2013 11:35 AM

IMHO, this is a great looking box. I find it difficult to see your “mistakes”. Nice wood selection; nice contrast.

Please ID the brand/hinge type.

Hang in with the building….we learn from experience.

-- Take care.....Ed

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dan81

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#9 posted 04-27-2013 12:08 PM

LookingGlass,
Thank you for the kind words.

The brand/hinge type is:

Brusso JB-103

I was very happy with the hinges. They look great and seem to be of very nice quality. If you use them, careful of how much you tighten down the brass screws, I popped one of the heads off. leaving the snapped screw thread down inside the wood…and did much cursing thereafter! :-)

Dan

-- Glue-up is still the stage when everything that was perfect in dry-fit goes horribly wrong, but I'm working on it.

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 04-27-2013 02:17 PM

Nice looking box and good work. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Popsnsons

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#11 posted 04-27-2013 05:19 PM

Great looking box. I like the top and I like the way the handle looks.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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LookingGlass

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#12 posted 04-27-2013 07:53 PM

You are most welcome….

Concerning the broken screw…..

I always drill a pilot hole. Also, I have a small bar of motel soap that I use to “lubricate” the screw before installation…..just scrape the threads on the soap. Also, you can use a steel screw to initially tap the screw hole and then run in the brass screw.

Hope this helps…......

-- Take care.....Ed

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dan81

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#13 posted 04-27-2013 07:54 PM

Thanks Popsnsons! The handle I carved out of a little piece of spalted maple and then mortised (I think that’s the right term) it into the box and used tightbond glue. It added a lot when I added just that one little touch at the end.
Thanks again,
Dan

-- Glue-up is still the stage when everything that was perfect in dry-fit goes horribly wrong, but I'm working on it.

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dan81

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#14 posted 04-27-2013 07:57 PM

Thanks for the advice LookingGlass. I was really bummed when I broke that screw off! I did have a steel screw but I didn’t know about the soap trick. That would have done it I suspect. Thanks again for the advice.
Dan

-- Glue-up is still the stage when everything that was perfect in dry-fit goes horribly wrong, but I'm working on it.

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Andy

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#15 posted 04-27-2013 09:49 PM

I like this.
What a cool idea to use random pieces for the top, well done!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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