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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.
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Step 1: Materials used for the box

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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

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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"

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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

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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

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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. 
jlepack1 year ago
very nice piece. I really need to get myself a small lathe!
pinksloth2 years ago
Very noce post. I'm just learning to turn and will give this a try very soon.
Agree that tools must be sharp so my second project after my first bowl was a sharpening jig.
mhildner2 years ago
Made this as a Christmas present for my girlfriend
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Annatar23 years ago
Very awesome instruct able. I've always wanted to know how to do something like this and now thanks to you I do :). I think I'll give it a go next time I have enough purple heart and black walnut, the stuff I did have went towards making my coffee table.
Wi11 (author)  Annatar23 years ago
Oh, something I should mention if you want to try this, make sure your tools are sharp enough. On my first try it violently de-laminated, lol!
Mrballeng Wi113 years ago
I've sung that song before. =)
Wi11 (author)  Annatar23 years ago
Do you have any pictures of this coffee table? It sounds really cool!
Annatar2 Wi113 years ago
All the lathe tools have been freshly sharpened as I'm planning on turning a bowl tomorrow, so hoping that won't happen but I'm still very much learning how to turn so you never know. :)

As for the table no pics yet hopefully it'll be at a stage soon were it looks good. I'd been given a hunk of purple heart and black walnut about as big as what you need for your box as a gift. I cut them down to about quarter inch strips and used it line some groves I'd cut in the surface of the table with a router. Also used a chunk of purple heart as a dutchmans patch to fill in a big missing chunk.
That is fantastic, awesome job. I wish to get a miter saw and lathe, this makes me so jealous.
Wi11 (author)  TheRealZeeboo3 years ago
Wood-turning is a very fun and rewarding hobby to get into!