|Project by Doug||posted 11-25-2013 04:42 PM||1269 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
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,