It is always a thoughtful move to have a safe place where you can keep your jewelry. However, some jewelry safes can cost a considerable fortune, and if you don’t want to spend a lot on a jewelry safe, you can as well make a basic one on your own. A homemade wooden jewelry box won’t take a lot of wood material, and the good aspect of it is that it doesn’t involve complex woodworking skills. Here are some of the simple tools you need to have when making a simple wooden jewelry box.
- Router table
- Miter saw
- Router bit
- Sanding material
A wooden jewelry box needs to be built using high-quality and attractive wood material to give the elegance associated with jewelry. Maple or walnut wood material can give an excellent job. Combining the two can make your wooden jewelry box appear simple but extraordinary. Here are the best wood materials that you can use for the job.
- 3 x 3-1/2 x 3/8 maple wood
- 20 x 4-1/2 x ¼ walnut
- 28 x 2 x 3/16 walnut
The dimensions of the wood materials suggested here are given in inches, and you don’t need to stick to just what we have mentioned. You can also try other wood types that you feel can live up to your aesthetic and functional considerations.
A jewelry box with 10” x 5” x 3” is fine since the 2:1 ratio looks big enough though not that small. The size can also fit many locations, and the best part is that the suggested dimension hardly consumes a lot of wood. Anyway, you can still pick a dimension that best appeals to you as long as getting the right wood won’t be a problem.
In this tutorial, maple wood is picked to build the sides of the jewelry box and walnut to make the bottom, top, and lining to achieve an attractive contrast in the box. Here is how you can proceed to make the box.
Make The Top And Bottom Wood Panels Of The Jewelry Box
Cut the ¼ inch walnut wood into two equal pieces using a table saw and proceed to cut those halves into other equal halves so that in the end, you end up with four walnut pieces. Finally, use the drum sander to get the pieces to their final required ¼ inch dimension.
Make The Sides Of The Box
You need to cut your wood pieces to 3-1/8 wide strips for the jewelry box sides. For a perfect outcome, you will have two 10 inch pieces and two 5 inch pieces. You can as well cut a 16-inch long wood into two halves. Resaw the wood pieces using a saw to have two pieces 16 inches long and under an inch. Use a drum sander and scale them down to 3//8 inch thickness.
Cutting The Grooves
Make the right grooves in the sides of both the top and bottom panels. The grooves need to have 1/4 inch wide and 3/16 inch deep. They should also be located somewhere 3/16 inches from both the top and the bottom. It is advised that you should have some thorough test cuts before proceeding to make the grooves to be certain that the top and bottom panels fill fit firmly.
Reduce the sides to lengths of 5 and 10 inches and ensure miters at each end. You can get a continuous grain flow by cutting the sides from the same wood piece.
Assembling The Box
You can assemble the sides by laying them end to end in an accurate straight line. You can tape the side joints on the outside for more stability to avoid sliding before the appropriate joint is made. Put wood glue to the miters and then insert the top and bottom wood panels into the grooves made. Use a web clamp to clamp up the glue so that a strong joint can be obtained. Leave the box to dry so that the bond between its different joints can get stronger.
You can use a 220 sand grit to ensure that the sides of the jewelry box get to have the desired level of smoothness, making it attractive. You can also fit a lining that can give the right decoration inside the jewelry box. Finally, you can paint the outer sections of the box with shellac paint so that you can see some reasonable attractiveness.