I once came across an antique desk, all busted up, waiting for the garbage truck. It was sad to see it there because I could tell it was once very nice. By searching desks that looked just like it I figured it was made in the late 1800's or early 1900's. I reclaimed a couple of the drawers and made this jewelry box. The box itself is no longer an antique but at least the materials are.
To go inside it I made this pendant. The bezel is made from nickel while the stone is black granite. The granite came from the construction site of a Las Vegas casino.
This is what I love about handmade gifts. It’s more than investing your time, effort, and creativity into an object. It’s creating a story to accompany your gift. Both these items are headed to Germany. It's part of a gift exchange with one of my instructables friends.
Step 1: Make a Box
The design of this box is fairly simple. Six sides, one of which hinges with the help of coat hanger wire. I used GridWorks (actually regular old graph paper and pencil) to draw up an exploded view. Because the wood I used had hardware already in it I had to make sure my cutting kept it centered.
Step 2: Polish the Hardware
This part was pretty nerve racking. I carefully removed the the screws and tapped out the locks and key holes with a screw driver. The whole time I was worried about ruining it all. It came out without any issue though. I couldn't polish the hardware installed because the polishing compound would black up the wood. After some time on the buffing wheel all the brass was shining bright.
Step 3: Sand
I have no clue what kind of wood this is so I took care not to breath in the dust. Of course you shouldn't breath wood dust to begin with but some species will make you feel like your breathing sand paper; if not kill you (coco bola).