Jewellery Box

There's a story behind this jewellery box. I was cleaning out my shop not long ago and came across the beginning of an armoire I began years ago. It's been sitting in a corner waiting for me to acknowledge it.


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The problem is that the joinery was sloppy. It was one of my early attempts at box joints, before I knew about using a backing board. Lots of tear-out. I had also gone cheap for the back and it was ugly 1/4" ply.

My first thought was to toss it in the burn pile, but then I took another look and decided to do what I could to revive it.

I started by gluing up strips of 1/8" cherry to make a solid panel for the back.

I don't have a before photo, but here it is with the new back.

jewellery box in progress

My next step was to add some feet to the case to get it off the ground and add some visual interest.

walnut feet

Then I started working on the top. I made a straightforward cherry and walnut top. It was so-so.

Then one of my students made a great suggestion and presto, the curved top was born (thanks to Ellen K. for her design ideas).

jewelrey armoire
jewellery box

Next I added some drawers.


At last it's starting to look like  something more than scrap lumber.

Now that the basics are done, it's time to add doors and drawer fronts. I used some re-sawn walnut for the door panels. I like the matching grains.

jewelry armoire

Now the outside of the box is done, it's time to work on the details.

Check out the link to see what I did on the inside of the jewelry case.

I have jewelry boxes and other woodwork for sale if you are interested, or feel free to contact me about custom work.




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