My son called me couple of weeks ago and asked if I would help him construct a jewelry box. He wanted to make a gift for a friend that was graduating college. Since we didn’t have a lot of time and he had never really used any of the machinery this had to be something relatively simple in both design and construction. Simple, sure. Just like painting the bathroom. It may be the smallest room in the house but it still gets all the same prep and work that a larger room would. So I searched for some plans and found that U-Bild offered a freebie plan on their website. After looking at several designs we both agreed the U-Bild project was the one to go with. And it just so happened that the current issue of Wood magazine had an article on boxes which gave us the idea of making the feet instead of using molding along the bottom edge as the plans suggested. We used pine both to save on the cost and also if either one of us made an error it would be relatively easy and inexpensive to replace. The main portion of the box is premium pine and the lid and tray is a lesser quality but I was able to find a piece that matched the grain of the box. As it is we made 3 lids altogether. I didn’t realize that the first one bowed a bit after I clamped it while gluing and the second one was cut to size a bit short. The 3rd one came out much better. The inside tray was a 1 by resawn on the band saw to get it to the correct thickness. The feet are poplar. Finish is gel stain followed by 3 coats of shellac using steel wool in between coats. Final step was 2 coats of paste wax on the lid and outside of the box itself. We both had a blast working on it and he gained a lot of valuable experience using the tools and machinery in the shop. Some of the prep and grunt work I did myself since he was still at school. But he did most of the work himself when home while I supervised. Working on this was a lot of fun and great way to spend time together. And from what he told me last night, she loved it.