Making A Jewellery Box


My sister Cath celebrated a big birthday this year and having no idea what to give her I decided it would be nice to make her something special to keep …

A Lacewood (sometimes known as London Plane) Veneered Jewellery Box

The sides of the box were made from an old reclaimed pine drawer side, this was rebated each side for the top and bottom, then cut to size and the corners were planed to a 45 degree angle, taped together with masking tape, ready for gluing.

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The top was built up and mitered for the caveto mold around the top edge. When dry the caveto was routered out.

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The corners were cut with a hacksaw blade and reinforced by gluing in pieces of veneers as you can see below.


Inside view of box.

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Cramping the veneers up


Cramping the veneers to the cavato molding.


Trimming the veneers and marking out with a cutting gauge for ebony stringing.

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Cutting the corners away with a scalpel.


Fitting the stringing


All strung…

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Papering the finish


Cutting the lid. Before I cut the lid I went around with a cutting gauge twice so that the saw wouldn’t rip the veneers off.


Fitting the ebony strips to all edges of the box.


Fitting the hinges and lock which were reclaimed from an 18th century tea caddy.


Some thin strips of mahogany from a reclaimed drawer bottom, were cut and polished to fit the interior.


Lock and key fitted.

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The box was then french polished waxed and escutcheon fitted.


 A crushed velvet material was used to line the inside of the lid and base and the mahogany side panels were fitted.


Brass ball feet were screwed to the base and the bottom lined with baize.


The end result …



CIMG3210Since making this I have made a box for another of my sisters Christine, to celebrate her ‘Big Birthday’.

This one was slightly deeper and incorporated a removable inner tray.



A Copy Of A William lV Cotton Reel Holder


Having made a few pieces of antique miniature furniture, I then decided after restoring a William IV Cotton Reel holder, to make a copy of it for my wife. The cotton reel holder sits on a shelf at home and has proved to be a very useful as well as decorative item.

The top has a padded pin cushion. Made of reclaimed Cuban Mahogany, the holder has one revolving tier which holds 6 cotton reels .

It has a turned central pillar and base, standing on 4 small bun feet. It measures approximately H 8.5” (21.6 cm)  W 6” (15.2cm)