Jewelry Boxes

Two virtually identical jewelry boxes with alternating hardwoods.  One is bird's eye maple with walnut trim and the other is walnut with bird's eye maple trim.

Interestingly enough, this business (Ed's Woodwork, LLC) started as a result of creating these two jewelry boxes.  My beautiful wife and I were celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary and I had purchased a ring for her from a local jeweler named Steve.  This jeweler had some beautiful jewelry boxes for sale in his gallery and I took some time to admire them.  While these boxes were very nice, I thought I could create something better.

Steve encouraged me to create something that his customers would love, and I did.  He later purchased these boxes and made a couple of his clients very happy to own them.  Thank you Steve for teaching me the value of "one-of-a-kind', and encouraging me to consider creating this "hand-crafted" business.

Designed by Ed's Woodwork, LLC - Pleasant Prairie, WI

As usual, I begin with rough sawn lumber.

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After some time on the jointer and planer, we have the sides and the back pieces cut.

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Solid "box-jointed" cherry drawers will grace the inside.

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Everything is ready to be assembled, except for the box lids.

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"Presenting this one-of-a-kind, locally handcrafted heirloom quality keepsake and jewelry box.  Created from magnificent solid hard woods including bird's-eye maple and figured black walnut.  The two drawers and interior compartments are constructed from solid cherry and are exquisitely lined with genuine suede leather.  The entire piece is finished with a high-gloss clear finish and accented with solid brass hinges.  You and your loved ones will undoubtedly enjoy this marvelous jewelry box for generations to come."

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I love how the contrasting colors look in these boxes.

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There was a slight learning curve with the suede.  I ended up gluing the leather onto card stock paper with contact adhesive.  In the ring drawer I used some one-half inch foam that I would normally be used as window insulation.

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The figured black walnut on the front of this box is really pretty.

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In the lid I used a piece of walnut with a large knot in it.  The figure around this knot looks like a sunburst.

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