First Jewelry Box

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Project by mustang958 posted 05-25-2013 10:04 AM 672 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 05-25-2013 04:23 PM

Nice box design. I like the feet : )
Did you use any pre-stain conditioner on the Pine ?

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#2 posted 05-26-2013 09:39 AM

Thank you, appreciate the comments. No we didn’t use anything prior to staining. The wood, especially the main portion of the box felt hard enough that we didn’t think we needed any. The only thing we did was run the boards through the surface planer prior to assembly. And before finishing used progressively finer sandpaper, final grit was 600. The stain was a gel stain we had used on a fiberglass door so it didn’t penetrate deeply at all. He liked the color so we went with the gel. Oh and the feet are made from 1/2” x 1” stock with a 1/4” cove routed onto the one corner. Then just cut on the miter saw and glued together at the joints and then to the underside of the box.

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#3 posted 05-26-2013 05:15 PM

Thank you .

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