LumberJocks

Dueling Jewelry Boxes

  • Advertise with us
Project by Lenny posted 401 days ago 1532 views 12 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are two jewelry boxes made for Jill and Lynn, two hand specialists that worked with me in rehabbing my injured fingers. The design for the boxes came from the October 2005 issue of Wood magazine, #165. There are a number of these posted on LJ already, indicating it was a popular project. I happened to see one posted by majeagle1 some time ago and made it a favorite. He made his from zebrawood and wenge and I liked the look of it.

Knowing that these would be nice jewelry boxes, I planned to make four of them with an eye towards selling the second two. I opted to make two from zebrawood and walnut and the other two from tiger maple and walnut. I have plenty of walnut and no wenge and saw it as a reasonable substitute. It’s interesting to me that several of those who posted this box referred to it as a straightforward and easy build. I did not find that to be the case. There are a lot of details and small pieces to make and assemble and overall, a good amount of work is involved. Perhaps the fact that I made four at one time factors into my perspective. Some LJs made this without the curve at the front of the lid and I feel it is a critical feature to the overall look of the box. I guess it complements the curved legs as well as the curves on the side of the lid. The upper compartment and the drawers are lined with felt. The drawer pulls are glued into a rabbet at the top of the drawer front. For a finish, I went with the recommendation of Wood magazine, boiled linseed oil and Deft semi-gloss spray lacquer. Not happy with feel of the surface at the end of the process, I lightly sanded with #0000 steel wool and added a coat of Watco Satin Finish Wax. The approximate dimensions of the boxes are 13-1/2” X 9” and 7” tall.

I learned a lot making these boxes. First, zebrawood is one expensive species! At my lumberyard the price is about $17.50/board foot. When they sent an e-mail to me showing it on sale for $10.50/board foot, I jumped at the opportunity and bought two boards. I also had some difficulty in planing some of it. Large sections of pieces broke off as they went through the planer. I never had that experience with any other species. It is a pretty attractive species in the raw but once you apply a finish to it, wow does it come to life. I was actually giddy the first time I saw the transformation.

Here is a photo of one box without finish and the other with the boiled linseed oil applied:

As for the Deft spray lacquer, it is a very convenient finish in that you can add coats after only 30 minutes. It is self-leveling and the can indicates no sanding necessary between coats. Here’s the down side, the fumes are very strong! Like much of the country, we were in a heat wave at the time I was applying the finish. Even with windows and doors open, the fumes persisted. Maybe if it were cooler out and perhaps with a breeze coming through the shop it might have been more bearable.

I had problems getting the felt to fit properly. I bought the felt as adhesive-backed sheets. After measuring and cutting the felt to size, I found that as you remove the backing, the felt stretches. Therefore it is no longer the size you cut.

All of that said, I am delighted with the outcome and more importantly, Jill and Lynn love them. I presented them to the ladies this morning:

Lastly, I want to comment again on how happy I am to be back in the shop making sawdust. Since returning about two months ago, I have completed about eight projects, four jewelry boxes, two tea boxes and two bow boxes. Here is a photo of the boxes in various stages of completion:

Thanks to my surgeon and caretakers like Jill and Lynn I am back enjoying my favorite pastime.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI





32 comments so far

View littlecope's profile

littlecope

2898 posts in 2137 days


#1 posted 401 days ago

Awesome Job on these Lenny, and they look like they were very well-received!
Very Well Done!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

View blackcherry's profile

blackcherry

3156 posts in 2458 days


#2 posted 401 days ago

Hey Lenny nice work on the boxes and especially the cause for your labor. I see you’ve come out swinging since you set back, enjoy the woodworking and take care…Blkcherry

View SPalm's profile

SPalm

4791 posts in 2517 days


#3 posted 401 days ago

Wow, you are roaring back to life.
I could see how those are a bit of work. You done well.
And thanks for all of the blow by blow. Nice stuff to know.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View patron's profile

patron

13020 posts in 1976 days


#4 posted 401 days ago

EXCELLENT WORK !

good to see
your hands and heart
are in top shape again

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View Ottacat's profile

Ottacat

322 posts in 486 days


#5 posted 401 days ago

Absolutely beautiful boxes and those smiles sure make it all worth it. I’m glad to hear you have recovered well and you certainly are making excellent work. I really like that plan and I’ll try and look it up and hopefully make one someday.

View mds2's profile

mds2

238 posts in 579 days


#6 posted 401 days ago

I love the zebra wood. The boxes look great.

View moonls's profile

moonls

407 posts in 1621 days


#7 posted 401 days ago

Wow what a great array of beautiful boxes Lenny! The hard work especially with the zebra wood box really paid off. You’ve “hit the ground running” since getting back in the shop!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

View Woodwrecker's profile

Woodwrecker

3588 posts in 2210 days


#8 posted 401 days ago

From the looks of those smiles Lenny, I’d say you hit the nail right on the head.
Good job buddy !

-- Having fun...Eric

View Woodenwizard's profile

Woodenwizard

1070 posts in 1690 days


#9 posted 401 days ago

Way to go Lenny. No stopping you now. Love the jewelry boxes. As impressive as the zebra wood is, I think I prefer the maple. I guess I am just a plain kind of guy. I too use the deft spray lacquer on some of my projects and even though the can says you don’t need to sand I still sand between coats. seems to help.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

View PurpLev's profile

PurpLev

8476 posts in 2283 days


#10 posted 401 days ago

looks like you’ve been busy in the shop Lenny – great outcome. the smiles one their faces tell the whole story more than words ever could.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View majeagle1's profile

majeagle1

1416 posts in 2131 days


#11 posted 401 days ago

Beautiful boxes Lenny and it sure looks like you “made the day” for to lovely ladies!!

Keep up the good work and glad to see you back in the saddle again…

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

View aussiedave's profile

aussiedave

3014 posts in 459 days


#12 posted 401 days ago

8 Beautiful boxes Lenny, they look great and the two ladies look totally thrilled with them…excellent job. I have only been an LJ a short while and am glad your back too and look forward to seeing more of your excellent work.

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

View Lee A. Jesberger's profile

Lee A. Jesberger

6647 posts in 2614 days


#13 posted 401 days ago

You do beautiful work, Lenny!

Great design, too.

And Deft is a super easy finish to work with and get spectacular results.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

View Greg..the Cajun  Box Sculptor's profile

Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

5020 posts in 1943 days


#14 posted 401 days ago

Very awesome boxes and some happy looking ladies that got them.
I like the Zebrawood. I don’t seem to see it recently at the lumberyards I usually go to.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

View ellen35's profile

ellen35

2566 posts in 2067 days


#15 posted 401 days ago

Very nice, Lenny… love the smiles all around!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

showing 1 through 15 of 32 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase