Jewelry box for my daughter

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Project by Gibsonman posted 03-19-2014 08:04 PM 2016 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to build my daughter a jewelry/music box of her birthday. I loved working with the walnut when i built my last project so i figured that i would use it again. This was my first attempt at making really nice miter joints with splines. It turned out better then i hoped. I used cherry for the splines but now looking at it i think maple would have stood out better. The panel in the lid is made from a nice curly maple block given to me by my wife’s grandfather. He unfortunately did not get to see it as he passed away last week. The music movement took some work to get right but it was fun trying to figure out how to get the on/off switch lined up. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 03-19-2014 08:41 PM

Clean design. Nicely done. It’s hard not to like walnut. The low contrast splines are a nice touch.

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

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 10:06 PM

Very nice, looks like you will have a happy daughter.

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

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 10:55 PM

Very nice

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#4 posted 03-19-2014 11:27 PM

I like the base and the maple. Nice contrasting wood colors. the maple top looks great with the walnut, but I think you made the right choice on the splines, the maple for the splines would have been too much of a contrast. Really nice piece that I’m sure your daughter will treasure.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#5 posted 03-19-2014 11:28 PM

Oh, it’s beautiful.

-- Kandy, Alberta, Canada

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#6 posted 03-20-2014 12:00 AM

Nice. And the wood from her great grandfather makes it even more special.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 03-20-2014 12:23 AM

Definitely a nice box! I’m sure your daughter loves it!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 03-20-2014 07:37 AM

Great job. Love the contrasting of the woods

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 03-20-2014 01:22 PM

i am with the rest, splines should not announce, rather, enhance. The base is very catching, love it. A few dividers in the bottom would have sent this over the top. Maybe even hide the apparatus. Nice job, great wood.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#10 posted 03-20-2014 02:00 PM

Thanks guys for all the nice comments. My wife’s grandpa(who gave me the wood) is a big reason I’m into woodworking. He has given me hundreds of board feet of wood that i could never hope to afford. I’m glad to see that i can do his lumber proud.
Jumbojack- I toyed with the idea of adding more dividers in the bottom but ran out of time before her birthday. I might still add them. As for hiding the music movement i couldn’t come up with a way to do that that i liked the look of. Any ideas?

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#11 posted 03-20-2014 03:24 PM

Great Job. Something she can treasure for life.

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

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#12 posted 03-20-2014 06:08 PM

Beautiful wood. The box looks great.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 03-20-2014 11:46 PM

Very lovely box. I am sorry to hear of your loss and wish you and your family the best during this difficult time.

On a woodworking note. I too am building a box and have been toying around with the idea of doing a panel lid such as you so wonderfully executed. I am however running into a big old blank on how to do it. Did you by any chance utilize plans that you would be able to share. Feel free to PM me or email me directly at

I very much appreciate any guidance from any and all.

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#14 posted 03-21-2014 06:30 AM

Very Nice! & Well Done! She’ll Love It! Thanks For Posting.

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#15 posted 03-21-2014 01:27 PM

Tector- I started using a plan from a magazine that i got from somewhere but ended up changing the lid because it really didn’t like the design they used. The rest of the box is based of the plans from that magazine though. I made the lid by first cutting a dado along one edge of the board i plan to use for the lid. How ever deep it is is how much the panel is sunk into the lid. Then i cut the board and mitered it together to form the outside frame. To hold the panel in the lid i cut to small L-shaped pieces that fit it the over sized dado on the sides of the panel(you can see these if you look close at the open lid picture). If i can find the magazine design in my cluttered workbench I’ll let you know which one it is. Hope this helps.

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