Jewellery Box made from pallet wood (Part 3 of 3)
To finish off the tray that would sit inside the jewellery box, I first cut a centre section with a small handle (shaped by drawing around a large washer) that would be used to lift the tray in and out of the box. This was cut on the bandsaw and shaped using a file and some sanding.
I glued the partitions in to the tray.
I then wanted to make a decorative inlay on top of the lid, so I used some sapele and oak offcuts to cut some very small pieces at the bandsaw, glued them together in to a bar. I then cleaned up one face on the bandsaw.
To cut a housing joint in to the lid which would accommodate the inlay, I used the tablesaw by setting the blade height to less than the thickness of the inlay, and made a series of cuts until it was the right width. I needed to clean out the joint using a chisel because my blade doesn't have square teeth so it left some grooves.
Next I glued in the inlay. Once the glue was dry I could then make it flush with the top of the box using my hand plane.
After some sanding, it looked great.
Next I added some brass butterfly hinges to the back of the box and lid.
I added a roundover to the top of the lid using my trim router,
Then I added a hook and eye style catch for the front of the box to hold the lid closed.
Finally I finished the box using some teak oil. I later (off camera) gave the box two coats of spray varnish, wet sanding in between the coats with 400 grit wet and dry abrasive paper to give the box a bit more protection and a harder seal, as the wood seems quite soft.
This was quite a long project I think I spent 25-30 hours on the box in total. I enjoyed making it.