Jewelry Box for Valentine’s day

Decided to make my wife a jewelry box for Valentines day. I’ll start with the finished product:

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Stopped by my local Rockler shop and found some hinges and a latch I liked.hinge  latch

Started designing in SolidWorks.

Final solidworks

Wanted to try making an inlay with Mel’s name on the cover with a combo CNC and laser cutting.

final closed

Needed a font with all rounded corners so the CNC bit would match exactly the laser cut part. Found one called “Days” on Font Squirrel that looked sharp.


Thanks to my local makerspace, Crashspace, I used the CNC to cut the box out of 11″ wide walnut.


I made the bottom of the pockets with a dish carving bit, it has rounded corners and a flat bottom:


Switched to a 1/4″ straight bit to cut out the rest.IMG_20160208_140039

Bottom 3 layers and underside of the lid cut.

Test assembled with 4 oak dowels. So far so good.



Returned the lid to the CNC to cut out the inlay with a 1/8″ straight endmil. Looks nice and clean.


Laser cut letters and glued them in place. Not pictured, the laser cutter and individual letters. Forgot to take a picture of that. White wood is 0.10″ plywood.

Next up, the drawers.


Time to sand, sand and more sand. But starting to look sharp.

IMG_20160216_194755The spray on Shellac worked really well.


I did not account for the brass knob screw depth when designing the drawers, and it went way through the drawer. My fix, laser cut a little bit of black acrylic to hide the screw. Even helps keep the knob in place.

IMG_20160212_144103Added the final hardware and assembled.IMG_20160212_144125 IMG_20160212_144114


Used a little Wipe On Poly to seal the wood.IMG_3747 IMG_3746 IMG_3745 IMG_3744 IMG_3743 IMG_3742 IMG_3741 IMG_3740 IMG_3739 IMG_3738

Thanks for checking it out!

Here are the design files in SolidWorks format.

IMG_3748Cat Tax.

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7 Responses to Jewelry Box for Valentine’s day

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  2. Hutch says:

    Wow! Very nice! It would have never occurred to me to build in layers like that. The use of dowels for alignment, and including the holes in the design is brilliant. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Kevin says:

      Thanks Hutch!

      It really came together well. The CNC makes such accurate cuts you don’t have to worry about things not fitting correctly, for the most part.

  3. Doug says:

    Great job, Kevin! Looks professional if not better.

  4. John says:

    Very nice work! What thickness of wood did you cut this out of?

  5. John says:

    I now have access to a shopbot and am learning to use it. would you mind sharing the layout files for cutting these parts?

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