So for our EngineeringTechnology final, I decided to put together a simple jewelry box. With the box's simple design, you could add more sections to the box if you would like but in this tutorial I will only be making a simple box without any sections...(yeah a box). With it being senior year and me being a lazy-ish person in general, OF COURSE my lazy self didn't make it into the shop to actually build the box itself. I was at least able to put this simple "jewelry" box together through steps.
(I do NOT own this picture of the wooden box. I simply dragged and dropped this image from Google Images. This is to give you an idea of where and what I am trying to go with in this tutorial.)
Step 1: Materials & Tools
- hasp/lock - optional
- mirror(s) - optional
- velvet or velvet like material to cover the insides of the box - optional
- jewelry cushion
- earring holders/racks
-and of course, if you would like to add more to the box you could do so by building in sections/dividers
- measuring tape/ruler
- screwdriver (electric)
- metal nails
- wood glue
(I do NOT own any of these pictures. I simply dragged and dropped these images from
Google Images. This is to give you an idea of where and what I am trying to go with in this tutorial.)
Step 2: Wood & Measurements
- it's your choice of wood! There are a wide variety of woods out there to choose from and it's your jewelry box so choose what you'd like!
- Sides pieces are 4.8 in.x 6 in. (I apologize for the inaccurate Side pieces drawing)
- Front, back and bottom pieces are 4.8 in. x 12 in.
-the width/thickness of each piece of wood would be about 0.5 in.
Step 3: The Steps
Although this project may be as simple as it seems, I apologize for not actually having images taken from building the box so you could actually see the steps rather than just read.
So, here are the steps:
- gather all your materials needed for the jewelry box
- clear out your space for a clean and safe work space
- note down your measurements for the wood pieces
- measure your wood twice and make markings to create a line to follow when sawing it down
- cut all your pieces of wood needed
- if needed, get sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges
- after you've dealt with cutting your wood, start forming your box and holding it in place
- as you hold your pieces in place, see where you would like to place your metals nails so you could start drilling the holes
- after you have drilled your holes and nailed all your bottom, front, back, and sides together, secure all pieces by adding wood glue
- For your top/lid, you will need to find a place to add your hinges. This is so you're able to open and close your box. (you must drill and nail this in place)
- this optional, you may add your hasp/lock (drill and nail this into place as well)
- you have your completed box!
Here are some optional things to add to your box:
- glue mirrors on the inside of your box
- add velvet or velvet like material to coat the inside of your box
- paint or glaze your box with whatever design you please