Jewellery boxes can be used to store not only jewellery but other valuables or collectibles such as coins, stamps and family heirlooms. Many store-bought jewellery boxes are expensive, especially if they're handcrafted from wood. With a few materials and a little handy work you can make your own wooden jewellery box.
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Things you need
- Wood stain
- Hinges, 2
- Sticky velvet fabric
- Drawer handles
- 1/8 inch nails
- Measuring tape
Decide what type of wood you want to use to build your jewellery box. Hardwoods, such as mahogany, oak, maple and cedar will make the box sturdy and durable.
Cut the wood into six pieces–four sides, a bottom and top. The pieces used for the front and back sides should be 1 foot to 1-1/2 feet long, and 2 to 3 inches wide. The side pieces should be 9 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide.
Nail all four sides together at the corners. Make sure each nail goes directly into the adjoining piece of wood and doesn't stick out into the jewellery box, or poke through the outside.
Measure the diameter of your box. Cut a piece of wood that matches the measurements–nail it in place. This will be the bottom of your jewellery box. Cut another piece the same size. This will become the lid to your box.
Cut a piece of velvet fabric to match the size of the inside-bottom of the box. Place glue around the perimeter of the inside-bottom and press the velvet into place. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.
Sand and remove any sharp points that exist in the wood. It's time to stain your jewellery box, if desired. Lay your jewellery box on newspaper, or some other covering that will protect the floor. Use your paint brush to give the jewellery box at least two coats of paint or stain. This helps protect it from ordinary wear-and-tear. Allow at least one day to dry.
Attach the hinges to the back and top of your jewellery box, make sure they are positioned correctly so that the box opens smoothly–and enjoy your new handmade, wooden jewellery box. There are many types of hinges on the market, and home improvement centres will provide you with lots of options.
Tips and warnings
- You can also use glue in place of nails to connect together the sides of your jewellery box.
- Adding a locking hinge to the front of your jewellery box increases its security. Purchase hinges at your local home improvement centre. If the size or design you want is not obvious, a store employee will be glad to help you make a choice.
- If you have difficulty locating the correct size hinges, bring your wooden jewellery box to your local home improvement centre and ask for help.
- Choosing a handle for your jewellery box is not necessary–many people choose to use the hinges as the only source for opening the container. However if you want a handle you can purchase one at your local home improvement centre.
- Some home safe installation kits comes with hinges, but others do not.
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