Oak Jewelry Box

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 thoughts on “Oak Jewelry Box

  1. 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. 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. 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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