|Project by Aaron McCain||posted 07-29-2013 07:51 PM||2358 views||14 times favorited||16 comments|
I recently finished a jewelry box for my wife’s birthday. The birthday was at the end of May, so I am only two months late. I did keep it hidden from her until her birthday, but then I showed her what I was working on. She then avoided my workbench after that because she didn’t want to see it until it was finished. She was quite pleased when I officially presented it to her this last weekend.
I followed the plans from the October 2005 issue of Wood Magazine. The main body and drawers are constructed from cherry and I used leopardwood for the legs and accents. The project went together pretty smoothly. I was pleased with the grain continuity I was able to maintain with the drawer fronts and around the main box. Unfortunately when I was taking pictures I forgot that the grain starts and ends at the front right corner, so you can’t see it. I will have to remember to start in one of the back corners in the future.
I thought I would also try a little personalization on this project and added the epoxy inlay on the upper corner of the inside of the lid. I carved out the letters and heart with a dremel and it was not as neat as I had hoped. I mixed some walnut dust with epoxy for the “A” and “C” and some maple dust with red paint and epoxy for the heart. My wife loves the detail and I learned a thing or two in the process.
I finished the box with a coat of BLO and allowed that to cure for a week. Then multiple coats of glossy polyurethane thinned with mineral spirits (per the Woodwhisperer) so I could wipe it on. The finishing process took about two weeks to complete and I did it all myself. Since it was a gift for my wife, I didn’t feel like I should ask her to help like she normally does.