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Antique Jewelry Box and Pendant

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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.

 
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Step 1: Make a Box

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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

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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

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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).

Being a antique geek I have to say i love the antique 'look' you have created on the jewelry box, a lot of care and time taken and you should be proud of the end result.

SayntCigol1 year ago
This is beautiful work, thanks for sharing it.
spylock1 year ago
Love the box,nice to see someone go outside the norm. when building something,its really nice when it comes together the way yours did.Nice job.
dozer7891 year ago
Congrats on winning 1st place in the Holiday Contest!! Very nice instructable!!
Mrballeng (author)  dozer7891 year ago
Thanks!
Your welcome!
shazni1 year ago
Congratulations on winning the Grand Prize... Your stuff r amazing as usual!
Mrballeng (author)  shazni1 year ago
Thank you. I'm freaking out over here.
I know the feeling! I freaked out when I won the chainsaw! :-D
anything for Valentines???
the_anykey1 year ago
Congrats on winning the big prize! Your german friend is lucky to receive your project :-)
Mrballeng (author)  the_anykey1 year ago
Thanks! It turned out to be a real fun gift exchange. I'll surely do it again this year.
Congrats on the win! This one definately deserves it!
Mrballeng (author)  SlickSqueegie1 year ago
I'm really excited about it. Thanks!
BrittLiv1 year ago
Wow, congrats on winning! You deserve it, the pendant is awesome and I'm wearing it with pride!
Mrballeng (author)  BrittLiv1 year ago
Thanks! Everyone I show the gifts you made me are just as impressed as I am.
This is an awesome instructable! Outstanding!
ehudwill1 year ago
Great work with the box. I love a good box.
Mrballeng (author)  ehudwill1 year ago
Thanks
Both of these are just beautiful! I am a little confused. Is there a key hole in the front and the back of the box?
Mrballeng (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Yes, it's made from antique desk drawers. So they used to serve a purpose but now it's decorative. Thanks.
Oh I see! I was just wondering, I thought I was missing some secret compartment!
Just gave it a shot. I'll never be as good as you but i wouldn't say its too bad. awesome instructable as always.
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Mrballeng (author)  mr.mountaineer1 year ago
Looks great! You did an especially good job on polishing which is often the hardest part on a first try. Thanks for posting a photo.
Thanks! this is the first time I've ever done anything with stone. it ain't great but not too bad i guess, but I'm gonna have to find some better looking stone (this one is a random pick from the creek) maybe i can find a big enough piece of rose quarts, i think that would look pretty good.
Mrballeng (author)  mr.mountaineer1 year ago
Just keep in mind you need a diamond wheel to work with rose quartz. You can find them in the same isle they sell dremel bits.
thanks for the tip. the first stone i used was soft enough to work on an aluminum-oxide grinding wheel on a bench grinder, but i don't think anything harder would work very well.
nicely done
PitStoP1 year ago
Really nice work! Where did the wood originally come from?
Mrballeng (author)  PitStoP1 year ago
An old desk. Thanks
Lorddrake1 year ago
amazing work as always mr. B.
^what he said!^
BrittLiv1 year ago
Wow, this is what I get? I am amazed! Still not telling you what you get, though ;-)