Ranging from simple, single-compartment containers to elaborate structures of drawers, hooks and shelves, jewellery boxes are a wood craft ideally suited to artisans interested in small, decorative pieces. Creating jewellery boxes requires several standard types of wood, hardware, and velvet soft goods commonly found in craft and hardware shops.
A thin but sturdy wood of either hard or soft timber is required for a good jewellery box. Get a cut of wood no thinner than 8 mm (1/3 inch), and no thicker than 2 cm (3/4 inch), free of scarring or knot holes. Avoid balsa wood or other foamy, soft craft woods. You can also purchase a premade wooden box at most craft shops, to be decorated and finished as a jewellery box.
For most jewellery box making, wood glue is a sufficient means of joining the wood pieces to make the box, eliminating the need for nails or screws. Use a standard opaque woodworking glue, but take care to keep excess glue from oozing out from between the joints and drying to hardness, as this will detract from the appearance of the finished product.
If you're making a particularly large or heavy jewellery box, or if you just prefer the look of hardware joints to glue construction, use small woodworking screws to build your jewellery box. These tiny screws can often be purchased from craft shops or hardware suppliers, or from sellers specialising in jewellery box hardware. In addition to the screws themselves, you'll need an electric drill/screwdriver with tiny screw and drill bits.
Jewellery box hinges are generally easy to find in craft and hardware shops. You can attach them with tiny screws (they are often sold with these in a package set), or using a strong epoxy glue (though screws are more sturdy). Hinges may be used to attach a jewellery box's lid, or to attach two vertical opening halves of a box designed to split and open down the middle.
For a more complex jewellery design, incorporate some pieces of metal hardware designed for stringing and hanging jewellery chains and string to preserve their shape during storage. These are often sold by jewellery hardware sellers and may include items like chain carousels (wheel-shaped hardware with hanging rods) or simple metal hanging knobs. You can also fabricate these pieces using more common items found at a hardware shop, like small metal drawer handles.
Though it's optional, most jewellery boxes feature a small mirror, convenient for help in making decisions about daily jewellery choices. Small hand mirrors in a variety of shapes and sizes are available at craft shops, or you can recycle an old make up mirror. Attach this to the inside of the jewellery box's lid or door using a strong glue.
"Flocking" is the technical name given to the soft material used to line the inside of jewellery boxes, though it may also be known as velour lining or velvet lining. This material may come with its own adhesive backing, ready to be cut to shape and attached to the inside of a box, or it may require gluing with a thin-spreading adhesive, like spray adhesive.
- "Decorative Wood Crafts"; Jillybean; 1993