Wooden Jewelry box, with beautiful curved sides

We have a charity Auction at work every year and this year a beautiful jewelry box was placed as a prize by one of the maintenance crew, a friend placed her ticket in the box but was unlucky not to win it, so I said i would make her one.

I was so pleased it turned out like this

Box closed ribbon

This isn’t really a beginners project, but with the right tools, patience, safety mindedness and a piece of wonderful wood, this project can gives years of beauty.

The box started life as several strips of butternut wood found at my local wood yard. The folk over at  Middletown Lumber had a great choice of boards. I selected a couple of Butternut boards (also knows as white walnut) as I wanted middle toned wood with a straight grain.

For the top of the box I cut down one of the boards and matched the grain. This means that the joins are hardly noticeable when sanded and finished,

Glue strips together

This means that the joins are hardly noticeable when sanded and finished,  as you can see below.

The glue marks are sanded away before finishing.

Cant see the join

I put the top away for a while whilst the sides of the box are completed. At this stage I didn’t know how big the finished box was going to be…. Yes I did have a basic size, but as with all my projects I go into, I usually make these things up as I go. This isn’t the best practice and one I wouldn’t recommend.

On to the sides. Using my router table I set it up with the box sided router bit I purchased especially for this job. Router bits come in all sizes and for different applications. They make creating intricate moldings like the top and the feet of the box quite easy, but please respect and use the router table safely, if not set up correctly the wood can easily be ripped from your hands and cause serious injury.

After cutting the sides, i created a mitered corner. With the curved sides this means that the edges come together beautifully.

When I glue up i usually use what clamps and clips I have to hand. I don’t actually have one of those corner set up clamps, but the size of the box meant I could use one of the large elastic bands I have hanging around. If the sides are square – these will hold, if let alone, until the glue cures.

Using a bnd to help the glue set up

I have to apologize now because i got so carried away with making the jewelry box, I forgot to take more photos as I continued.

The feet  were cut again using a router bit then the curved edges using a scroll saw ( I used this project as my excuse to buy a scroll saw. Did I really need one, no! I could have sanded an edge on, but like most people, I like having an excuse to treat myself for no other reason than…. I need it.

The top was then cut to size which was the size of the box with a hang over that turned out to be half an inch. This was only calculated because I was looking for aesthetics, and for no other reason. There may be some real technical way of working this out, but I just used a scrap of wood i kept cutting until I liked the result.

Box side

The top was routed using a panel bit and then hinged with some small brass hinges from the local Woodcraft store.

Here is the final product. Beautiful isn’t it? Even with my poor camera skills the grain of the butternut really shows through and I have to admit, my be one of my new favorite woods.

Box closed

Box closed ribbon IMG_3151 IMG_3152

I was really pleased with the way it turned out, and my friend was delighted.

Its a statement piece that will hopefully turn into a antique in time and give years of pleasure.

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