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God Daughters first Jewelry Box

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Project by exterminate posted 12-09-2013 10:01 PM 1731 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a jewelry box made for my God Daughters first birthday. I thought it was supposed to be for Christmas, hence the pictures. Oh well! I’ve seen the design on here a bunch of times, and my wife really liked it when I showed it to her. This one is curly maple from http://curlymaplewood.com/ and purple heart, finished in clear gloss lacquer followed up with 0000 steel wool and wax. My wife will be doing some kind of velvet or felt liner, so the hardboard bottoms won’t be seen.

The build didn’t go quite as smoothly as I had hoped.

First, the size was supposed to be around 13×7.5×5.5 ish. Somehow, I went a bit taller on the dimensions, and didn’t realize it until after all the pieces were cut. I had to put a small filler piece on the front, just above the drawers once I realized my mistake. Oops…

What really got me though,were the curves. There are a lot of curved cuts, both concave and convex, and while the band-saw cutting went okay (I don’t have too much experience on the bandsaw yet), the sanding gave me real issues. I think the drum sanding attachment for the drill press worked well for the concave cuts, but on the convex cuts, I ended up leaving little dimples here and there from spending too much time in one area. Lesson learned. End result turned out okay, but there are no uniform curves on this thing, despite my best efforts.

Finally, I figured I’d give briwax a shot for the final waxing. I found it hard to buff out, and that regular old carnnuba car wax leaves a smoother feel on the wood, and buffs out much easier. The only problem with that is it dries white, so if you get some in the joints, its going to be visible if you don’t get it out.

Thanks for looking! Comments, advice and criticism are all welcomed.

Have a great day
David

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."





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#1 posted 12-09-2013 10:05 PM

Very nice looking. She will love it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-09-2013 10:33 PM

Well done. Lucky girl.

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#3 posted 12-09-2013 10:34 PM

That is a Super Santa gift for sure.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#4 posted 12-09-2013 10:44 PM

Gorgeous…and shiny real pretty!

-- we stand behind our work but never under it...(love seeing the look in customers eyes when they hear it)

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#5 posted 12-09-2013 11:11 PM

Looks fantastic….sure to be a great Christmas present….well done

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 12-10-2013 12:00 AM

That’s a great looking jewelry box. I’m working on a jewelry box for my 10 year old daughter, same wood! Curly maple and purpleheart look great together.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#7 posted 12-10-2013 12:41 AM

Outstanding and most beautiful

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#8 posted 12-10-2013 12:56 AM

Awesome jewelry box. Well done.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#9 posted 12-10-2013 02:33 AM

try a heat gun on low to “melt” the wax in the nooks, it will melt clear

-- the journy of a thousand miles begins with a single step " Lou-Tzu"

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#10 posted 12-10-2013 04:33 AM

Looks great to me. Nice job. Hope you put your name on it!

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#11 posted 12-10-2013 12:53 PM

Nice work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#12 posted 12-10-2013 12:53 PM

Thank you all for the kind compliments. You are always too nice!

Happy-budah, thanks for the tip. I will definitely use that in the future! I would have never thought of that in a million years!

Belden – Haven’t signed it yet. My handwriting is shy of chicken scratch! We have a piece made by my great grandfather back in the late 20’s that he signed. His signature is so elegant, its hard for me to accept my signature when I have his in the back of my mind!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#13 posted 12-10-2013 04:49 PM

“I had to put a small filler piece on the front, just above the drawers once I realized my mistake. Oops…”

It is only a Mistake if you can’t fix it , and if you can fix it then it becomes a “Design element” . Looks to me like you fixed it just fine.

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#14 posted 12-10-2013 05:15 PM

Great looking jewelry box. should have waited for Christmas; unless the birthday is now. I always feel sorry for people with birthdays in mid December. they get robbed!

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#15 posted 12-10-2013 06:08 PM

Great looking project! Thanks for posting. I am planning on making a jewelry box for my daughter as a Christmas gift. Love the contrast between the maple and purple heart.

-- Rick

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