Jewelry box times two.

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Project by KENVO posted 12-27-2013 05:29 AM 1225 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built matching 8×11” pine and Alder jewelry boxes for my daughters. There were a lot of firsts in this project. I had never made boxes before and had never mitered corners or mortised hinges. But in the end I think it all turned out great. I made the trays and sat them on cleats mounted inside. The bottoms were 1/4” dados into the sides, with 1/4” plywood seated into them. A simple faux diamond drawer pull is the handle to pull out the tray. The box sits into the bottom leg assembly by way of a rabbet along the inside edge. I put redwood splines into all four sides. The top is pine framed in Alder. The insides were painted red and the bottom of the boxes and trays were line with pink felt that I had from previous projects.
The girls loved them and they have cleared a special place on there dresser for them. I’m happy I was able to make them something they enjoy and that will hopefully last a very long time.

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 10:21 AM

A nice couple of jewelry boxes, with pink and red for little girls. They look great and your daughters look very happy with them….well done Dad.

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

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 12:19 PM

Beautiful gifts for beautiful girls, something that will last FOREVER !

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 02:49 PM

Very nice work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 03:46 PM

These are very nice looking boxes. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 12-28-2013 01:35 AM

Great looking jewelry boxes! And the girls look thrilled with them!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 06:10 PM

Thanks for the kind words. The girls did have fun putting all their jewelry in them. It was fun to build and to be able to try some new techniques. These might be a test run for the wife’s next valentines day present.

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

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#7 posted 02-25-2014 02:04 AM

KENVO – Very pleasing style and nice workmanship.

I especially noticed how well the frame fitted around the wide top board. One question though – did you experience any problem with the top board expanding at a different rate than the frame around it due to the different orientation of the frame ends with respect to the top board ?

Iv’e had problems with frames expanding/shrinking around a center of different material. Since the seams on your jewelry box tops are so neatly done, have you experienced corner seams opening up; or perhaps better yet – what is your secret?

Keep up the good work!

-- Barry

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