Contemporary Jewelry Box

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Project by Blackie_ posted 06-13-2013 03:01 AM 2241 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: A ladies jewelry box, bandsaw box, I wanted to do something new and different and came up with this creation, this is one of my standard designs that I use for ladies jewelry box to incorporate a necklace hanging drawer, only made a few additions to it, for this box I used Babinga for the main body, (first time I’ve ever worked with babinga and found it to be a bit on the hard side,) I used Alder for the inner core, walnut and wenge for the inlays, the inlays are my very first to ever do as well and then I used wenge for the base, another first are the wooden hinges which I believe are also referred as Grizzman/Patron/Andy hinges : ) I don’t think I can ever raise the bar when it comes to bandsaw boxes but I can sure have fun trying. : )

This box has my signature hidden drawer located inside of the large center drawer, by pulling out the drawer and turning it around it reveals the hidden drawer, a small lift out tray a hidden compartment on top that is under a false bottom door, the small lift out tray is the key to opening the false bottom door by way of magnets and a top with lid using wooden hinges mounted on the sides.

Note: I’ve since added flocking to all of the drawers and made the bottom drawer a ring drawer by adding rolled up felt dividers for the rings since these pictures were taken.

Build: This was a fun project to make, the inlays being my first, I found to be time consuming but well worth the outcome, the wooden hinges shown on the box are actually the second set, I had made one set but made a mistake on pin hole placement and had to drill the brass pins out, once I got them out I knocked the hinges off the lid and fill in holes on the box with epoxy, where the holes were placed I wasn’t able to open the lid, after making a new set and studying Andy’s hinge photos, I figured out what I had done wrong and they are awesome love making them and so easy to make now that I know how. Measurements are 151/2” x 8” x 6”

Finish: I finished the box with a single coat of tung oil, several coats of wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax. I was unsure about using the tung oil and remembered someone stating in one of my forum postings that tung oil would muddy the colors that statement was by far way off, the tung oil I think actually made everything come together.

Thanks for viewing and comments are always enjoyed

The picture above shows the hidden drawer on the far right.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 06-13-2013 03:09 AM

Very nice, love the hinges, all and all I’d say your a band saw Guru!

-- mike c

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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 06-13-2013 03:10 AM

That is a really nice looking piece. Great job! If it hasn’t yet, I’m sure you will have no problem selling it

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 03:15 AM

Looks great! Nice finish and nice work!

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

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#4 posted 06-13-2013 03:56 AM

Randy…you most certainly have found a good niche with your bandsaw boxes..Definitely a step above…

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#5 posted 06-13-2013 04:00 AM

Very nice looking jewelry box, excellent work. I like the lid hinges, slick.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 06-13-2013 04:21 AM

Now that’s special. Really nice work.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 06-13-2013 04:48 AM

Looks great

-- Dreaming patterns

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 05:04 AM

Very nice project. It’s proportions are well laid out as well as colors.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 07:11 AM


Very nice. Thinking outside of the “Band saw” Box! Artists like Picasso would be challenged by the artists he hung out with. It’s like that here with the “Box Outlaws.”

I use to think of wooden boxes as wooden boxes. Now I think of them as art boxes.

Your making art. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 06-13-2013 08:34 AM

Oh Great Randy, you did it once again. What a great looking box. I have got to hurry putting the roof on our new house so I can get back to the shop…

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 06-13-2013 11:38 AM

Really Nice! :D


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 06-13-2013 11:51 AM

Nice practical and attractive jewelry box! I like it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 06-13-2013 03:32 PM

Wow Randy, you put so much detail in your bandsaw boxes that you seem to be renaming the entire process! Great job!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 06-13-2013 06:01 PM

Beautiful jewelry box Blackie…excellent work.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#15 posted 06-13-2013 08:57 PM

Outstanding work!That is beyond beautiful and elegant. Sweet box!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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