Final Thoughts on the Jewelry Box

Welcome!  This is the last post on the Jewelry Box that I had the pleasure of building over the last 10 weeks.  This was a very educational class and a lot of fun, and this thing turned out beautifully!

In the last post, I documented the process up through the glue up.  I won’t be too wordy in this post (mostly because I have less pictures), but there are a few more steps left to get to this point.

The bottom of the box is a prefinished maple.  This was roughly cut to size on the table saw, and then sized to a perfect fit with a plane and a shooting board.  A groove is routed in the bottom that this fits in.  Once fitted, the bottom is attached using small brads.

Regarding the top, all that’s left to do is to cut the mortises for the hinges!  This was done by first offsetting one hinge where desired, and the outside location marked.  Then, the same offset is used for the other hinge.  From there, the hinge was set a little bit closer to the sides and the inside edges of the hinges marked.  What this gives is a layout that is *slightly* smaller than the hinge (better to start too small!).  A gauge line is scribed to the rough thickness, and then we can use a chisel to start clearing out the mortises.  Start with small chops all the way down across the layout mark, which will make it easy to pare out the waste.  This was done in two passes to reach the final depth.  The mortise layout on the box back is transferred to the top and cut out similarly.  After the mortises are fitted, pre-drill the screw holes and do an initial fit with a steel screw (our hinges have brass screws, but a steel screw was provided to use first).

Now, all that remains is the finish!  For this, we used boiled linseed oil (diluted with water).  This was brushed in and wet sanded.  After the finish has dried enough, we can finally screw the hinges on and the box is complete!

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  1. Marquis Tso - September 26, 2018 Reply

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