Walnut Jewelry Box

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Project by Doug posted 11-25-2013 04:42 PM 1234 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a jewelry box that I made for my girlfriends birthday. The sides are walnut and the top and miter keys are zebrawood. The tray, dividers, and bottom are sapele mahogany. I am a horrible photographer with an even worse camera(phone) if you couldnt notice already..haha

The design is one of my own; I went back and forth on what the best configuration/style would be for her and came up with this. This is actually my first real box project so I decided on miters with keys as the joinery. It was challenging to come up with a way to incorporate a drawer into the design but I like the way it came out. The top is a floating lid so as to eliminate gaps during seasonal movement (hopefully). I wanted to stick with zebrawood for the keys even though there isnt much contrast with the walnut. But, when the light hits the zebrawood keys they really show their beauty. The rough walnut I started with had some really nice figure on one end so I used that as the front. And I was able to use the same piece for the drawer front so the figure continues down.

The whole interior, including tray and dividers, were probably the most time consuming because the parts are so small (and of course a few re-dos prolonged things haha). The inner lid and bottoms were covered with a purple velvet that I found for cheap off amazon. I kept the finish simple and used danish oil. I really like how the oil pops the grain.
I havent posted many projects here on lumberjocks mostly because I started woodworking only a year or so ago and being extremely busy with school. But seeing so many amazing pieces I felt a little intimidated posting some of my simpler projects. However, I feel that Im learning a lot as I go (which can mostly be attributed to the endless knowledge found here) and that this project better displays my ability as a woodworker.

Thanks for reading,


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#1 posted 11-25-2013 04:51 PM

You did a real nice job on this, Doug. I’m sure that she will love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 10:10 PM

Doug, nice job on the jewelry box…especially the wonderful grain on the front. You will find many exceptionally talented box makers on this site…...most are very supportive and will help in any way they can. Be careful….boxing can become an addiction.

-- jbschutz

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#3 posted 11-26-2013 02:27 AM

The box looks terrific. The grain on the front is a nice touch, and I’m surprised how well the purple velvet looks. Good choice.

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#4 posted 11-26-2013 10:39 PM

Very nice job with beautiful display of the wood grain.

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#5 posted 11-27-2013 04:59 AM

great looking jewellery box. I like the way you finished the inside.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 11-29-2013 05:02 PM

Your jewelry box is beautiful inside and out. Like the walnut and finish. I’m sure she loves it too. Great job!

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#7 posted 11-30-2013 07:50 PM

Thanks very much for the kind words, everyone, I appreciate it.

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