Oak Jewelry Box

October 11th, 2011 by

This reader’s project is a good example that even in great looking pieces, there are often decisions that we’ll make differently “next time.”

This is a jewelry box I made for my sister in Melbourne. It is the first of this type I have made and was done more as a trial piece. The carcass and lid frame are made of recycled silky oak which started life as a door frame in a government building. The lid panel is camphor laurel and the base is pine. I wouldn’t use the pine again but it was a trial piece. The dividers and interior boxes are silky oak.

- John Lear; Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

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3 Responses to “Oak Jewelry Box”

  1. Jerry Gilreath says:

    That is so pretty! Where did you get the measurements for it? Or is it something you did on your own? What kind of finish is it?

  2. Larry says:

    A very nice Box. Difficult to see details of joinery, but I like the spline work. As you probably know now, using pine as a secondary wood with Oak can result in warping in time. I hope you sister appreciates you work.

  3. Dan England says:

    I’m glad to get the tip on mixing oak and pine. Any tips on how to stabilize this better? I like all the contrasts you have here w/ the contrasts in the lid panel, the pine base, and darker wood as accents on the base. The reclaimed lumber is a bonus. If you need some support, I’ll tell your sister how much she should appreciate your gift, if you’ll do the same after the holidays with mine. Thanks.

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