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I created this jewelry box as a gift for a friend. It has a clear top to display pictures through the lid.
Sides were cut to desired length. Rounding the sides required the blade to be at a 45 degree angle with a guide setup with clamps on the table saw, a...
A cardboard template was created to guide the blade height.
The curved piece after pass through. It was easier to start with a low blade height and pass each side through and then raise the blade a turn until ...
Notches for shims.
Sides together to insert glue and shim to strengthen the corners.
Lid edges were cut to same length as base and notched to allow for the plexi-glass.
Ripped 1/4" grooves to slide in the bottom.
Used a chamfer bit router bevel the edge where the bottom and top meet. A rounded bit was used for the top and bottom.
Bottom and sims glued and inserted in. Shims were trimmed with a coping saw. Plexiglass cut to fit bevel in lid.
I was originally going to use trim to hold the plexiglass and pictures in place but I opted to cut a 1/4" piece of plywood to hold it in place.
Wooden feet glued and inserted on bottom.
Grooves cut for hinges. It was important to test the depth to ensure the lid opened and stopped at the proper angle.
Prep for stain.
Base to hold the plexiglass was glued with rubber cement and wrapped in velvet.
The velvet top on the inside of the lid. Fit snugly enough it did not require anything to hold it in place.
Cardboard cut to fit in bottom was also wrapped in velvet.
Lid wrapped in velvet.
Finished with and without velvet insert in lid.
I created 2 trays. 1 full sized to fit the bottom and the other half sized.
Trays were grooved and glued. Cardboard was cut to fit the bottoms and wrapped in velvet.
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How hard is it to make? Can I make it without prior carpentry experience? I would like to make one for my girlfriend for her birthday but I don't know much about that. How about the wood? What dimensions do you have here and is it beech or oak wood?
Yes, very carefully with a table saw. I usually lay a piece of stock along the guide to keep the piece I'm cutting flush since the guide is rounded at the bottom and can cause it to not stay square. Run 2 passes, increasing the depth each time.
Really nice instructable! How do you cut the grooves in the small pieces used for the tray? I'm familiar with using a table saw to cut grooves, but it seems like it would be tricky to do with the small pieces.
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