A Gem of a Jewelry Box

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Build a Keepsake Container in Treasured Wood

Designer/Builder/Writer: Paul Anthony

Overall dimensions: 12 3/4"w × 6 3/4"d × 4 3/8"h

This beautiful box, with its spline-reinforced mitered corners, makes a great gift for that special person. Part of its beauty is that it’s easy to build and lets you display that stunning piece of figured wood you stashed away for just the right project. I used walnut for the box, and spalted sycamore for the top panel, bottom, and keys. Simple routed moldings serve as the feet. 

I built the box as an enclosed unit of only six pieces: the four sides, top, and bottom. After assembling the box and cutting the key slots in the sides with the top and bottom in place, I sawed off the lid, then routed the coved recess for the finger lift. I attached the feet, then secured the lid with a pair of quality brass hinges. Inside, I added a removable tray. 

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