They say that diamonds are a girl's best friend. Well, today I'm gonna show you that you don't have to spend thousands of dollars to win a place in her heart. In fact, you can do it by building a beautiful wooden jewelry box for her to store the jewelry she already has. We're throwing another log on the fire for this project, and it's gonna get a little bit challenging. It's gonna require quite a few tools and a little bit of
woodworking knowledge to knock this out, but if you're willing to put in the time, you can get some beautiful results. So to get started with this project, the first thing we need to do is mill up some lumber. So I take some walnut over to the jointer to clean it up, and then I'm resawing it in half so I can end up with some thinner panels.
Then I can take it over to the planar and plane everything down to a uniform thickness. So from there, I'm gonna be making a bunch of box joints to lock all the pieces together. And the way I'm gonna do that is to take it over to my router table and use this box joint jig to make a bunch of interlocking box joints that will act as all the sides for the box. I'm also carving a little dado in, so I can slide in both the top and the bottom pieces of the box. I didn't want the dados to go all the way through, so I had a little stop setup on the router table, and then I could just clean up the rest of it with a chisel. From there I took a piece of walnut over the table saw and cut the piece that would be the bottom panel of the box. Next I can move on to making the top panel of the box. Now for the top panel, I wanted it to be a little special, as it is for her favorite wood jewlery and necklaces, so I picked up a piece of zebra wood and then I ran that over to the jointer to get a nice flat edge.
And then I resawed it on the bandsaw, so that I can fold it in half and create what's called a bookmatched panel for the top. Bookmatching means that when you flop it open, you basically have the same brain pattern alternating on each side, so it looks like you're opening the page of a book with the same pattern on both sides. So once I fed the pieces through the planer to get 'em to the uniform thickness that I needed, then I could glue 'em up to create one large bookmatch panel. Once the panel had set up and dried, I could take it to the table saw, cut it down to the size that I needed. So once the piece was cut, I could slide it into the dados that I created and then put the box all together. Once I dry fit it and made sure that everything fit properly, then I could start gluing it up. Now I'm gluing it together and it's gonna be one solid thing with a top and a bottom. Then, once it's all set up, that's when I'll cut it to create the lid and the bottom.
The bottom panel sits in this little rabbit that I carved on the router table when I was cutting all the pieces earlier. It just slides right into place, I glue it in place, and then put some weight on it to hold it down. The fingers of the box joints are a little bit proud of the rest of the box and that's intentional. You wanna be able to use a flush trim saw to cut the fingers back so that they're flush with the rest of the box.
You never want 'em to be too short because then you have to fill in those gaps, So I'm using a flush trim saw to trim off the excess, and then I'll just go in and clean up the rest of it with an orbital sander. Now that the box is all together, I could take it over to the bandsaw and cut the lid off. This part is always a little bit nerve wracking, because you never wanna screw up the box. So you just gotta make sure to take your time, make sure you're getting a nice clean cut on the bandsaw. Then you can mount a piece of sandpaper to a block or something and make sure that everything is square and that your cut lines up nicely.
From there, I'm gonna start laying out the hinge hardware and the clasp on the front of the box. With all the rough assembly complete, then I could apply the first of many coats of finish. I think I ended up using seven or eight coats of finish on this when all was said and done. From there, we could start working on the compartmentalized insert for the inside of the box. I decided to use some more zebra wood to match the outside of the box, and I think it's gonna look really nice along with this walnut. I went back and forth with the design and whether or not I was gonna do removable trays or something like that, but at the end of the day, I just decided to do a basic insert with a bunch of different compartments.
I notched the inside pieces so they overlapped each other to create a crossing pattern, which locked everything together nice and strong. Then, I could just sand it down and apply a few coats of finish to that. And then before I final assembled everything with the hardware, I used a piece of peel and stick felt as the bottom of the box, then put everything back together, installed the hardware, and this project was finished.So that's it for this project, I hope you guys enjoyed reading about it, and I hope you learned something. Now if you make a box like this, I'm sure that whoever you're making it for is gonna absolutely love it, and you can gift it for generations to come. Thank you guys so much for watching. If you liked this video, please hit that like button, and leave a comment down below, and let me know. And make sure you check out all the other build videos I've done in this series.