Birthday Jewelry Box

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Project by Chris Cook posted 09-15-2013 06:44 PM 1655 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a jewelry box project for my Daughter’s 22nd birthday at the end of the month. She was with me when I picked up the wood (zebra and padauk) although she did not know what I was going to do with it.

This is certainly my finest jewelry box so far. Perfect? Not at all, but I got ambitious and I had more good luck than bad. I would like to say I am a perfectionist, but that would require I hit close to perfect every now and then. The pictures look good, but there are a lot of things I would have liked to come out just a little better.

There were some serious challenges in this project some of which were due to either my lack of experience or lack of patience resulting in errors. I managed to recover from the errors.

[Hopefully she won’t see it here before her birthday. She doesn’t visit this site so nobody send her this direction :)]

I am a little burned out on boxes. I think I’ll search for something to take me in a another direction for a bit.

thanks for looking.


—-for the full story, check out my blog post (3) on this project—-

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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#1 posted 09-15-2013 07:17 PM

That is a really pretty box. A beautiful job. Your daughter will be ecstatic.
Now, don’t quit making boxes and deprive the rest of us the pleasure of seeing such wonderful eye candy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 09-15-2013 07:23 PM

Beautiful work. I’m sure she’ll love it.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 09-15-2013 07:24 PM

Beautiful box! Your daughter’s going to be so thrilled! Love the wood combination.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#4 posted 09-15-2013 08:12 PM

It looks perfect from where I’m sitting Chris. Your daughter is going to be over the moon with it – all the pleasure in filling it up!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#5 posted 09-15-2013 10:10 PM

Perfection. which I’ll never see in my projects! (another p word)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 09-15-2013 11:08 PM

Great Job Chris, that should make your Daughter’s Birthday a very Happy One!

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

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#7 posted 09-16-2013 12:46 AM

Very nice job with the jewelry box. Her being there when you picked up the wood will add to the gift being more special. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 09-16-2013 01:51 AM

Beautiful box. I love the combination of woods.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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#9 posted 09-16-2013 02:50 AM

Awesome job! Love the contrasting of the woods. Im sure your daughter will be thrilled to receive it and cherish your gift and efforts. Love it

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 09-16-2013 10:23 AM

Awesome looking jewelry box Chris.the wood and the inside of the box are just perfect…great work.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#11 posted 09-16-2013 04:31 PM

Very attractive box—nice craftsmanship. I’m sure your daughter will be delighted.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 09-16-2013 05:40 PM

Nice work, Chris

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 09-16-2013 08:37 PM

Beautiful box… Per the pictures I’d say you certainly came close to perfection on this one… Great wood selection, sure your daughter will love it… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#14 posted 09-17-2013 02:19 PM

Nicely done. Good choice of materials too. All to often i see very nicely done boxes with poor material choices. (color conflict/grain pattern too busy or not interesting enough. ect)
Yours is a very nice balance.

In a way, having a daughter and wife around is a plus for us. Otherwise we would never be able to push our skills and try new boxes. (how many decorative boxes do guys need? one if you are’t a gun owner, a few more if you are)

My wife and daughter have been on the receiving end of many of my favorite and least favorite woodworking experiments. Thankfully, they encourage me on.


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#15 posted 09-19-2013 01:08 AM

She’s gonna luv it. It came out beautifully. The Padauk really got toned down, but, still looks fantastic

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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