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01-17-2015 02:47 PM

I’ve been working on this jewelry box for my sister for a long time now an finally got the sides glued up and the finish on.

She likes it but has now asked for pegs to be installed on the inside to hook the ends of her necklaces on so they don’t tangle. We picked out these ones from Brusso:

Problem here is that I’ve only got 2 1/2” of clearance on the inside of the box so drilling the mounting hole from the inside seems impossible to me (if she’d have asked for the pegs before it was glued up that would be different).

So my plan was to drill a 1/8” deep hole at 1/4” and then the rest of the way through the back with a 3/16” (the size needed to mount the peg) from the outside of the box. Then I use a 1/4” plug cutter to hide the hole.

Thing is, we’ve already spent most of her budget on Brusso hinges and this beautiful piece of cocobolo for the lid:

I know a plug cutter isn’t that expensive but we’d like to keep costs down. Does anyone have any other ideas for how I could drill that hole? Any help is greatly appreciated.

-- James

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#1 posted 01-17-2015 03:02 PM

Maybe add perforated boards around the perimeter

with the pegs already attached and epoxy and or glue

to suite.


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#2 posted 01-17-2015 03:05 PM

James, if you knew anyone working in aviation, borrow an angle drill and bit from them. I have a bit plus drill that will allow me to get into a 1 1/2” space. Of course, you would also need a compressor to power the drill…. Jerry (in Tucson)

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#3 posted 01-17-2015 03:13 PM

i;m assuming this stands on end ?
so the necklaces hang down

waho’s idea would work
and keep the outside clean
another way is to drill holes in a strip
wide enough to keep from splitting
and mount the pegs to it
then glue it in across the tops of each space
low enough to have easy access and room for her fingers

you would still see the main inside grain
and the necklaces would be proud of the box sides
so they don’t rub or tarnish the inside wood

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#4 posted 01-17-2015 03:30 PM

Hi David,
You would assume it stands upright but it doesn’t. It sits the way its shown in the picture. I think she just wants the pegs to the necklaces have something to keep them separated from each other so they don’t tangle. I don’t really want to add any more wood to the inside of the box as it is already pretty narrow but that is a good thought.

Jerry, can’t say I know anyone working in aviation or anyone else that would have a tool like that (that I know of). Sounds like a handy tool though.

So far I’m thinking cutting plugs is still my best option. Thanks for the help though. If anyone has any other ideas I’d still like to hear them. Thanks.

-- James

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#5 posted 01-17-2015 03:48 PM

How about mortising holes around the top and then add an

accent piece to hide the mortices?

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#6 posted 01-17-2015 04:15 PM

I was thinking along the same lines as both of waho609s suggestions but instead of mortising just drill from the outside and then saw or router a shallow groove wide enough to hide the holes around the outside right where you have drilled the pegs and inlay a contrasting wood,or just make another box.

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#7 posted 01-17-2015 04:32 PM

Jim, I really like that idea. It’s a good one. But I just got the go ahead from my sister to get the plug cutter sonibthink we’ll go that way. If I had more of the cocobolo I would do the contrasting strip for sure. Thanks for everyone’s help.

-- James

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#8 posted 01-17-2015 04:34 PM

I think you could use a spring loaded punch!

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#9 posted 01-17-2015 04:37 PM

Cut the ends of the pegs off. Make sure they are perfectly flat and epoxy to the inside of the box.

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#10 posted 01-17-2015 05:01 PM

I would take a small ball pein hammer preferably brass and beat your sister with it right between the peepers until she changes her mind. Or a dremel with a flex cord and a really short drill bit and use flex cord with short drill bit to drill peg can chop cheap drill bit and sharpen on a drill doctor and use an angle drill attachment for drill? Miles craft makes one.

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#11 posted 01-20-2015 02:21 PM

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