Rounding edges of jewelry box

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Forum topic by Hookedin posted 05-17-2014 01:59 AM 886 views 1 time favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2014 01:59 AM

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I am making a jewelry box similar to that shown in the project by JayG46 linked below (specifically the routed detail on the top and the rounded edges). I am having a little trouble deciding the best way to do the round-over given the edge details. I am temped to either use a round over bit with a bearing and try and ride it along the detailing as well as the straight edge, or just setting my router fence and not really rounding over the detailing. I don’t really know which would look better or even work, and I can’t really tell how Jay did his. Any thoughts? I would be interested in seeing a couple more examples of boxes of this sort as well.

Thanks much in advance,


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#1 posted 05-17-2014 11:14 AM

Hey Michael -

Here’s a brief overview of the process:

I made this out of one continuous piece of wenge and did as much to it as possible while it was still one piece. I started with the roundover opposite the edge detail first with a handheld router. Next, I made the dado for the top and bottom on the table saw. Finally I added the top and bottom edge details on the router table.

One thing I try to do whenever possible is to sand and apply one coat of finish to the inside of the box before assembly. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting into tight corners once it’s glued up.

I assembled it as one piece, put in the splines, sanded them flush and using the handheld router, rounded the corners over. I avoided running over the edge details mostly because you don’t have a flat reference surface at that point. If you want to be extra careful, you could start a little ways in from the detail and pull away before you get to the opposite side. Once you have the profile established, it’s very easy to match it with a fine rasp, file or just some sandpaper.

After the corners are relatively smooth (not sanded to your final grit), I cut the top off on the bandsaw, and added the handle and hinges, the inside rails and the catches.

I hope this answered your question and please let me know if you would like any more tips.


-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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