This is a jewellery box I made as a present for my mother a while back. This jewellery box is made from reclaimed teak from a salvaged front door which came from her house. I started by checking the panels for nails with a metal detector then planed them down to size to see what I had to work with. As is the case with a lot of my projects I start with a basic Idea and design it on the fly usually making half what I want and half what the material wants. I used my Mattias Wandel Screw Advance Box Joint Jig for cutting the box joints on the corners, here is a link to where you can get plans. Its a great jig and not too hard to build.
I cut a test piece in some soft wood to get my spacing of the joints which were a little tight and when I moved on to the teak they were very tight and took more persuading than they should have needed but they worked out in the end.
The top is made from some pine shelving, I had intended to use ash but I didn’t have a piece big enough to suit and this is all I had on hand at the time. I used a round over bit to give a relief around the lid and the base this made fitting easier and gave a nice detail. It also began to remind me of the relief on the original door and when the hard ware went on it contributed to that look too.
For the inner compartments I ripped down some strips from the stiles of the door and cut 45 degree angles on the corners, found the placing and cut slots to piece them all together. With hind sight I would have positioned then slots better to hide the joins from the top as some can be seem. I then gave it about 6 coats of spray lacquer and voila.
Hope you enjoyed the build, I love to hear feedback to feel free to comment below.
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