With all the cool jewelry you'll be making from the instructables in this contest, you'll need a place to keep it. This snazzy looking wooden box does a perfect job of keeping everything organized. It can also be used for things beyond jewelry storage (I use mine to hold change). Although the segmented turning method for the box looks difficult and complicated, this instructable includes a few tips to simplify the construction. This box can make a great gift too.
Step 1: Materials used for the box
Materials used include:
- 1 maple screw plug button
- 2 purple heart pen blanks
- 2 padauk pen blanks
- 4 black walnut pen blanks
Pen blank size is 3/4" x 3/4" x 5"
WARNING: Always wear a dust mask and face shield when machining exotic and domestic woods. Purple heart's dust has been known to cause nausea.
Step 2: Preparing the Blanks
Rip the walnut pen blanks in half using a table saw. If you have a bandsaw with a fence I would suggest using that instead. Remember to use push sticks. This is done to all of the black walnut pen blanks.
Step 3: The first "glue up"
Glue the 5/16" strips of walnut to the purple heart and padauk blanks. Make sure the strips are on opposite sides. This is done for all of the 3/4" blanks.
Step 4: Flush-up the laminated blank
Before mitering the laminated blanks, you must be sure the faces of the glued up segments are totally flush. To flush up the faces I use a bench plane and finish up with a trimming plane. Then I'm ready to miter!
Step 5: Mitering the segments
A miter-saw is the best and most accurate option for cutting perfect 22.5 degree angles in order to make an octagon. However, a specific fixture is required to safely cut these pieces. First, a sacrificial spruce 2 x 4 is screwed to the fence. Next, cut through the 2 x 4. This will act like a zero-clearance insert does on a table-saw. After that a stop-block is clamped 2" away from the blade to insure that the pieces are all the same length. A push stick is used to hold the work-piece against the fence.