Letter Trinket/jewellery Box




Hi, this is my first attempt at creating an instructable. About January last year I started scroll sawing as a hobby and my three girls all wanted me to make them jewellery boxes, so on went the thinking cap. I couldn't make them all the same as they would fight over them, then I thought about putting their names on them but I wanted something unique for them so I came up with the idea of using the first initial from their names.

Step 1: Materials

Wood of your choice, I used 18mm plywood.
6mm plywood
Wood glue
Dremel drill press
Scroll saw
Bandsaw (optional)

Step 2: Let's Begin

I chose to make the box the same Hight & width as an A4 sheet of paper (297mm x 210mm). I chose a font type I liked and stretched it to fit the paper, printed it out and draw on where I wanted the drawers then made a photocopy.

Step 3: Cutting the Wood

I cut the 18mm plywood into A4 size boards, I used four for this project, I glue the boards together in pairs so I have two 36mm thick sections, I do this so it is easier to cut out the drawer segments on the scroll saw. Allow glue to fully dry. Stick the two patterns on to the two boards, Drill some pilot holes with a dremel or drill press with a 1mm drill bit to feed scroll saw blade through. Cut out all drawer segments. After all drawer segments are cut you can either cut the main shape of the box out on the scroll saw then glue them both together. Or if you are lucky enough to have a bandsaw you can glue the two parts together then cut it out on the bandsaw after the glue has set. Give the whole box a good sanding to remove any saw marks, check the holes where the drawers will go to make sure they are all level with no overhang or excess glue so the drawers will go in easily.

Step 4: Glue Drawer Segments Together

You should now have two segments for each drawer, glue these together and clamp, leave for glue to set. You don't need to cover the whole piece with glue just do the edges as you will be cutting a piece out of it later.

Step 5: Creating the Drawers

Once the glue has set take off the clamps. Now using the scroll saw or bandsaw take a slice off the front and a slice off the back of each drawer segment about 3mm or 4mm will do. Now draw on each part where you want to remove to create drawer space. Once all parts have had a piece removed glue the front and back slices back on and clamp until glue has set. Once set give them all a good sanding and check all drawers fit.

On a box like the letter A where the left side isn't large enough to make a drawer I cut it out long ways and added some screw in hooks to hang chains or bracelets on.

Step 6: Making the Backboard

Place main box body onto a piece of 6mm plywood and trace around the shape then cut out on scroll saw, glue and pin this in place then give it a sanding to ensure its all level.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

Once you're happy with it cut some handles for the drawers, I used the same 18mm plywood to cut the handles then sliced them in half, glue them on and leave to set.

Once the handles are set give it a light final sanding to a standard you are happy with then treat the wood, I used a 50/50 mix of boiled linseed oil and odourless white/mineral spirit.

I hope you like this instructable, like I said it is my first one.

Oh! And my girls loved them and best of all there was no fights..



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    3 years ago

    this is very unique and would make a great decoration :-)

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    3 years ago

    This is so pretty. I bet my girls would love to have one too. I would love to have one :) Great job!

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    3 years ago

    What a fantastic project!! Great first ible. I'll be looking forward to many more... Thanks for sharing

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