My first jewel box for wife

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Project by Al posted 12-31-2013 03:57 PM 698 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first box. It is a jewel box for my wife and has two trays that sit on a ledge inside it or indeed be removed if larger items like watches are put in.

The woods include Walnut (top and bottom edging), Cherry (splines), Ash (ledge), Oak and a couple that I don’t know.

The top main piece is a piece of scrap 2×2 that when I planed looked interesting so I joined 4 together to make an interesting pattern. What it is is a mystery to me. Any guesses?

The main body is also an unknown wood, it feels and works like walnut but is a light brown almost pinky wood with little pattern to it. The bottom and secret compartment cover are also of the same strange wood as the top, just from different pieces. A mate brings me 2×2 pieces of it which until now I have only used for turning.

The trays have small single hand cut dovetails, also a first for me. The quadrant hinges are also new to me and were a pain in the a%$£ as it was guesswork where the hole for the arcs needed to be. The top inside I have left with a recess that will accept a picture if she wants and then be held in with thin acrylic and springy thin cherry laths that slide into the recesses to complete the frame look.

The finish is a couple of rubbed on coats of shellack and then polished.

The wife loves it and especially the jewellery that I put in it the silver anniversary it was made for, silver earrings!

Any comments or questions welcome. Al

-- I am an insomniac, but I don't lose sleep over it!

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#1 posted 12-31-2013 05:57 PM

It looks real nice and I bet she was thrilled.

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 01-02-2014 01:01 AM

Nice job.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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