I'm looking to build a jewelry box for my wife. It's going to be a
fairly elaborate thing about 11 inches high with doors and drawers.
I've seen similar things in the department stores, but I want to build
I'm thinking of making it out of 1/4 and 1/2" cherry (have to see if I
can get it at the sawmill first) Is cherry easy to work with and
priced reasonably or should I use another wood and stain it?
Not sure how I'm going to do the joinery. I've seen a couple books on
building wooden boxes, but at the time I was looking for jewelry box
plans and should have been checking out the joinery techniques.
Anybody built anything similar to this. Any advice would be
Thanks in advance.
I have build a few jewelry boxes. The job is not much different than
other woodwork. You probably need finer detail because you are working
with smaller pieces. The 1/4" wood sounds better than thicker material.
Do not mistake the small size in thinking that the job will be easy.
Cherry would not be my favorite worrk. Sometimes it does not stain
uniformaly. As you will only be using a couple board feet of wood it
would not be expensive to get one of the exotics.
I agree with Dick. Pick some very nice wood, I am working on a jewelry box
now and have chosen some birds-eye maple and purpleheart with ebony accents.
Total wood cost was less than $50.00 and I have some spare pieces.
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the only advise i can give is that we bought a jewelry box at a thrift
store... it ahd two drawers on the front that you pull out and one door
that came down and had some velvet inside to put rings into the slots...
cost about $2.50. was gonna take it apart and finish the wood finish...
turned it over and could hear someting inside it????? thought it was one
of the draws sliding around... turned it upside down and then opened the
pull down door and out fell an 18K gold metal mans right with a
tigerstone in the front(looks like it cost about $150 or so.. i guess
whoever had this box probably passed away and the family went through
their things and then gave what they never wanted to the thrift store??
just telling you that if this jewelry box was made a little better the
ring never would have fell into the empty cavity in the back of the pull
down drawer and the family would have recovered the ring when they
opened it up....
If your looking for something different in a jewelry box take a look at this
kick ass design at http://www.twisted-oaks.com
Scroll down to bedroom then click on jewelry box.
No connection to this site just a fan of this particular item
Mike in Arkansas
I have a set of measured drawings (not plans) from the New Yankee Workshop
for a jewelry box that is fairly good sized. It even has a hidden
drawer. I haven't built it yet, but I have used other NYW drawings. I
have had no problems with them.
I enjoy using cherry. The patina it develops as it ages is beautiful.
Expose it to the sun and it darkens. Try to get the wood from the same
log so the color is even. Sap wood will not darken much. It has the
color of coffee with a lot of cream.
Good luck and enjoy!
Doug Stowe, a not-often-seen member of the wreck, has authored at least two
books on box design, including a number of very nice jewelry boxes. You can
find them at Amazon.com or off the rack at Woodlcraft or Rockler.
You'll need to do some calculating on the dimensions, but I suspect that's
what Doug had in mind, allowing the reader to customize their own.
I'm in the middle of building one in curly maple, but it will be a month or
so before I'll be able to comment on it.
I built one for my wife as a wedding present 4 years ago. It was
cherry and I fell in love with the wood. It works well, but burns
easy. I put a few coats of oil on it when I was done and 4 years later
it looks great. It had a lid on top with a few ring bars. On the front
there are 4 small drawers down each side and two doors in the middle
that open up to 2 necklace carousels (spelling not even close on
that). On the bottom of the front I put a wide drawer and included a
music movement that player Fur Elise, which we had at our wedding.
It's basically a small cabinet with a face frame. I made it from all
rough stock and it took a few months of working after work, while she
was in England for work and while plannign a wedding. I'd do a lot of
things differently now (like not running the finished product through
the jointer to even out the top of the box) but it was my first
project, I learned a lot and it still looks great.
If you want to know more about what I did send me an e-mail and we can
chat. I have lots of pictures and can scan some and send you a few.
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