Jewelry Box

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Project by Muzhik posted 03-30-2007 05:57 PM 4000 views 18 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just realized that the only projects I ever bothered to post were the ones I entered in the contest. Here is the jewelry box I made for my wife as a 10th anniversary gift.

She’s not much into jewelry, more of a power tool girl. That’s the biggest reason to keep her around, right? I bought her a 3-diamond ring for our 10th, and decided it would mean more to her if I made a jewelry box to put it in (and the relative few other items of jewelry she has).

The woods are spalted maple, a crotch section of black walnut, peruvian walnut and redwood burl & karulian (sp?) birch veneers. The pins that attach the feet and handle are brass and the tray is made from mahogany.

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#1 posted 03-30-2007 06:01 PM

Very nice!

-- Paul, Texas

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#2 posted 03-30-2007 07:46 PM

Looks like it should be able to take off and fly around the room. Beautiful woods and finish!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 03-30-2007 07:49 PM

Real classy !!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 03-30-2007 07:55 PM

The box is sweet! The veneering is really good. That’s something I need to learn how to work with.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#5 posted 03-30-2007 07:58 PM

how beautiful!!!!
LOVE the mixture of woods AND those feet. Oh yah!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 03-30-2007 08:45 PM

The combination of woods on this is just spectacular. The feet give it the illusion of floating. Very nice.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 03-30-2007 10:09 PM

Great looking box. Can you elaborate on the construction a little? Thanks.

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#8 posted 03-30-2007 11:45 PM

Very nice. This is unique (at least to me.)

Do you have plans that you could share?

-- Nicky

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#9 posted 03-31-2007 12:06 AM

Beautiful. I’m sure your wife bragged about this to everyone she knows.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#10 posted 03-31-2007 01:49 AM

The woods are great and I really like the splines, the way they are accented so nicely. Beautiful piece. Bet your wife was thrilled. Here’s wishing you many more years together (to fill that baby up – LOL)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#11 posted 03-31-2007 05:30 AM

That’s funny Charlie, I was about to say I was waiting for the box to “animate”.

Very nice. I like how you attached the legs. Beautiful use of the woods.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 03-31-2007 08:50 AM

Thank you, all for the kind comments. I love this place! It’s such an ego stroke!

Bwillie and Nicky, as with most projects I do, I did this one without a plan. Sometimes that works out for me, others – not so much. I usually have a sketch at least, but for this one I more or less “winged it.” I looked at others’ work on sites such as lumberjocks and drew upon design cues that I liked.

As far as elaborating on the construction, I’ll try. To tell the truth, I can’t remember exactly what my process was. This may be more detail than you wanted, but here goes:

I made the case sides of spalted maple. After rough milling the pieces, I saturated the punky parts of the wood in cyanoacrylate glue to stiffen it up. I cut the corner jointery on my tablesaw with a dado (1/2” fingers) and a simple box joint jig. I glued up these 4 pieces and foolishly took it to a cabinet shop to have the whole thing fed through their wide belt sander to get the top and bottom leveled and straight.

Here’s where the story gets good. It turns out that spalted maple doesn’t hold up so well to a wide belt sander when you stand it on end and feed it nearly perpendicular to the grain. Who knew, right?! I was not allowed to be in the shop, so I don’t know what happened, but I can only assume they weren’t as careful with my work as I would have been. Long story short (too late for that, I guess) they handed it back to me with a big chunk blown out of one side (as in half of that side) and told me “no charge.”

I managed to epoxy that piece back in when I got home and cooled off. If I point it out, it is still apparent, but nobody notices the repair otherwise. Here’s a pic of that side:


I’ll continue this later. Let me know if this is the kind of elaboration you were looking for, or if you just want something more simplified.

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#13 posted 03-31-2007 12:17 PM

we LOVE elaborate!!!

and now your beautiful box has history to it already!! Gotta love that.

cyanoacrylate glue… ???

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#14 posted 03-31-2007 01:09 PM

Thanks. Yep, good story’s of construction and muck ups remind us we all face the same tragedy at times.

Is this where the repair is?

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#15 posted 03-31-2007 02:30 PM

Bill – yep, that’s the most obvious part of the repair, where I had to mix sawdust in with the epoxy to try and color match. The glueline actually goes from front to rear. It starts in the middle of the top finger joint void (where you see the end grain of the front board) and goes down through the knot, then back up through the back side along the part that you noticed.

MsDebbieP – superglue and krazy glue are CA glues. I’m not sure if their formulas are different from one another or different from the stuff you can buy at woodcraft. I know at woodcraft, you can buy it in different viscosities, though. I use thin CA glue for stiffening up the more rotten sections of spalted wood. It saturates into the wood more readily than the thicker stuff will.

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