Niece's Christmas Present Jewelry Box

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Project by S4SWWS posted 01-06-2014 03:06 PM 1047 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a jewelry box as a door prize for my wife’s baby shower, and my niece fell in love with it but didn’t win it in the drawing and she was crushed. I promised my brother I’d make her one for Christmas. I felt that this one was 100% better than the first one. She loved it. My question is for feet, can someone give me pointers on how to make the cove/ogee feet?

-- Casey Jones

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 03:21 PM

Very nice box, I saw some info on the feet. You might try Eagle router bits, catalog.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 04:07 PM

As bugz notes, Eagle/MLCS offers an ogee foot bit, and you may find that it suits your needs. To my taste, however, these bits are a bit clunky and miss the subtle detail and beauty of the original ogee bracket feet found on, say, a Townsend-Goddard clock or chest. The proportions of the feet cut by the bits seem wrong, rather than an accurately scaled down original.

I’ve had good luck drawing out a full size diagram of the foot profile I want, then fitting a series of round, straight, etc. bits used in a series of separate cuts to form the profile. If my base is small, I will form the edge on the larger board, and separate the finished piece from the board after the profiles are cut. (It’s difficult, and dangerous, to work with small and thin pieces on the router table.) As with forming any small pieces like this, I will make a number of “light” cuts, rather than trying to make my cuts in a single pass. It’s possible to make very intricate patterns in this way. I’m doing a humidor project at the moment which will have just this kind of foot detail.

Takes more time, but works a lot better. Hope you find this helpful.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 10:45 PM

Bob and Roger,

Thanks for the information I will check both out and give it a whirl. I am going to try and rout a cove on a rectangular board and then cut out the corners which should eliminate any possibility of clipping my fingers on the router table. I am building another box at the moment for a customer and will post pictures of it soon, it is a 6 in deep 12 inch wide and 18 long memory box for her fiancé.

-- Casey Jones

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