Because there is such a large investment in jewelry, it stands to reason that the storage place for our jewelry should be customized for our jewelry. One of the easiest ways to make a jewelry box out of wood is to buy the lumber that is already been cut to the width and length needed.
Place the two 8-inch side pieces and two of the 11-inch pieces for the front and the back of the jewelry box on a table. Next, place the two pieces of felt measuring 3½ by 8 inches and along with of the two 3½-by-11-inch pieces of felt alongside of the plywood.
Apply the spray adhesive to each of the pieces of felt and wood. Let it dry and spray another coat. Next, stick the felt to the wood, smoothing out all wrinkles. Set these aside for now.
Set the 11-inch center piece and the two dividers along with the matching felt on the table. Apply the spray adhesive to one side of the wood and half of each piece of the felt--just enough to stick the felt to one side of the wood. When ready, apply that felt to the wood, smoothing out all the wrinkles.
Turn all the pieces over, apply some adhesive to the remaining parts and let them dry according to the instructions on the can. When ready, apply the felt to the wood, smoothing out all the wrinkles.
Place the ¼-inch bottom on the table along with the felt that matches. Apply some adhesive to both the wood and felt, allowing them to dry according to the instructions on the can. When ready, place the felt on the wood, smoothing out all the wrinkles.
Cut away ½ inch around the perimeter of the ¼-inch bottom with the X-acto knife. Do the same on the ends of the 8-inch pieces. This will allow wood to make contact with wood and hide the felt from the outside of the jewelry box.
Place the two 8-inch end pieces on a table and side by side with the felt down. Then measure 3½ inches from one end and make a mark. Place the carpenter's square on that mark, and draw a line across both pieces of plywood. Make another mark ½ inch further, place the carpenter's square on that mark and draw a line across both pieces of plywood.
Drill two pilot holes between the lines and within ½ inch on either end. Apply a small amount of glue with the artist's paintbrush on the ends of the two 11-inch pieces that are the front and the back of the jewelry box. You will know these because they have felt only on one side.
Place the two 11-inch pieces between the two 8-inch pieces and secure them with the ¾-inch brads. Next, brush some glue onto the ends of 11-inch piece that is the center of the jewelry box. Set it in place and secure it with the ¾-inch brads.
Turn the jewelry box over so that all the exposed edges do not have felt on them. Apply some glue to the edges with the paintbrush, carefully place the bottom on to the jewelry box, and secure it with the ¾-inch brads.
Turn the jewelry box right side up. Apply glue with the paintbrush onto the edges of the two dividers and set them in the jewelry box where you want them to go. Allow the glue to set up at least three hours before attaching the top to the jewelry box.
Install the piano hinge to the back edge of the top. Place the top on the box and turn it up so that you are looking at the piano hinge. Secure the bottom side of the piano hinge to the jewelry box with the short brads that are supplied with it.
Things You'll Need
- 2 pieces 3½-by-8-by-½-inch plywood (sides)
- 3 pieces 3½-by-11-by-½-inch plywood (front, back and center)
- 1 piece 3½-by-3½-by-½-inch plywood (divider)
- 1 piece 3½-by-4-by-½-inch plywood (divider)
- 1 piece 8-by-12-by-½-inch plywood (top)
- 1 piece 8-by-12-by-¼-inch plywood (bottom)
- 1 piece 8-by-12-inch felt (bottom)
- 2 pieces 3½-by-8-inch felt (ends)
- 2 pieces 3½-by-11-inch felt (front and back)
- 1 piece 7½-by-11-inch felt (center)
- 1 piece 7½-by-3-inch felt
- 1 piece 7½-by-3½-inch felt
- 1 piano hinge 12 inches long
- Spray adhesive
- Carpenter's square
- Variable speed drill
- 1/16-inch drill bit
- ¾-inch brads
- Wood glue
- Small artist's paintbrush
- X-acto knife
Use extreme caution when spraying the adhesive, as it can bleed over onto objects nearby.
Insert the brads into the predrilled holes to hold them in place while you secure the brad with the hammer.
Do not use spray adhesive near a flame.
Never leave power tools unattended in the presence of children.
Do not use spray adhesives in an unventilated area.
Do not apply stain or clear coat in an unventilated area.
- Use extreme caution when spraying the adhesive, as it can bleed over onto objects nearby. Insert the brads into the predrilled holes to hold them in place while you secure the brad with the hammer.
- Do not use spray adhesive near a flame. Never leave power tools unattended in the presence of children. Do not use spray adhesives in an unventilated area. Do not apply stain or clear coat in an unventilated area.
Michael Straessle has written professionally about the construction industry since 1988. He authored “What a Strange Little Man,” among other books, and his work has appeared in various online publications. Straessle earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in professional/technical writing.