How to Make a Simple Jewelry Box out of Wood

Updated April 17, 2017

Something as beautiful and precious as your favourite ring or necklace deserves its own special place to rest when you’re not wearing it. You can build your own simple jewellery box that is not only practical for storing your items but is also pretty to look at. You will need only a few pieces of wood and some other simple materials.

Arrange the 12-inch-long pieces of wood so they are parallel and horizontally aligned in front of you.

Slide the 8-inch-long pieces vertically in between the horizontal pieces. The vertical pieces should be at either end and form a rectangular shape.

Glue the pieces together and clamp them to let them dry.

Lay the 9-1/2-inch by 12-inch piece of wood on a table and set the rectangular frame on it so all the sides are aligned. Glue the pieces together.

Sand the inside and outside of the box, as well as the jewellery box lid.

Finish the box and lid with stain or paint. Let the finish dry completely before finishing construction.

Attach a pair of butt hinges along the long side of the box that will be the back. The hinges should be as far apart as possible. Insert the screws through the hinges and into the wood.

Attach the top of the butt hinges to one long edge of the jewellery box lid. The decorative edge of the lid should be facing up.


Use a wood with a beautiful grain like maple to give more depth to the finished box.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 pieces 3/4-inch wood, 4-1/4 by 12 inches
  • 3/4-inch wood, 4-1/4 by 8 inches
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • 3/4-inch wood, 9-1/2 by 12 inches
  • Sandpaper
  • Jewellery box lid, 9-1/2 by 12 inches
  • Paint or stain
  • Pair of butt hinges
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
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Based in New Jersey, Robert Raphael has been writing health and technology articles since 1993. His work has appeared in “Natural Living” magazine and “Extreme PC” magazine. Raphael received the Jonathan Melman Literary Award in 1994. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brandeis University.