How To Make A Jewelry Box | Woodworking How-to

hey guys what’s going on I’m John Malecki
and about a year and a half ago me and a few of my friends were out at the bar I
saw this beautiful young lady and the cliche story happened to go I grew the
courage to walk over and talk to her well fast forward a year and a half and
we’ve been together ever since since Sara realized that I build things for a
living she’s been asking me to make her a jewelry box and with her 30th birthday
coming up I figured what a better opportunity to turn this old TV stand
into something beautiful and timeless for her so in this video I’m gonna show
you how I made the hand-cut half blind dovetails for the drawers the custom
brass pulls and I’m gonna show you how I flocked it to give it that nice velvety
smooth feel check it out so for those of you that listen to the podcast you
probably member the story where I told you I had to eat it on a client where I
built a media center and they sent it back well this is that media center and
it’s made out of wenge or wenge or whatever you want to call it which is a
super expensive wood so instead of scrapping this thing and lightening on
fire we’re gonna break it down and then we’re gonna take the wood Re-mill it
re-glue it up and make a jewelry box out of it from doing stuff like this I’m always
trying to reference the piece itself that way I know that the measurements
are on and like things are closed there’s always like a opportunity to you
know mess up a sixteenth or something so here we’ve got the groove cut for the
for the shelf that’s the integral shelf and I’m going to just measure it to the
to the inside dimension that is this now and then cut it down instead of going
off the plan just because it might be a little bit different so I cut the joinery for the faux
top-drawer backwards and you can see the reveal here is a little bit different so
I’m gonna have to cut the entire box down and then recut the joinery so I’m just gonna stay on the inside
profile before I glue it up just so that because it makes it much easier than
when it’s glued up as you all know trying to say the inside corner when
something’s glued up huge pain in the butt so for a glue up like this you’re
gonna definitely want to make sure you have a game plan Sam and I mocked this
thing up off-camera basically we’re going to use these spring clamps to get
everything into alignment I do not have a strap clamp go figure
of all the things that I do have not one of them this is a spring clamp for
carpentry work I’ve used these on a few jobs few builds get a bunch of questions
about them you’re interested I got links in the description for you you can check
them out I want to do some custom brass pulls what I’ve got here is a hunk of
brass that I bought for the same project at I tore to pieces and I printed out a
scale drawing of what I want the pole to kind of look like so we’re gonna cut the
brass on the bandsaw brass is a non-ferrous metal you can use
woodworking tools on it it’ll doll them up pretty quickly don’t run it through
your saw stop though the power went out feel like I’m back in
my old shop so um we’re gonna work by the moonlight kind of like the UM our
forefathers did give me a candle Sam some people may think that you need
power to do woodworking but fortunately for today’s day and age and we got all
these cordless tools with batteries and they don’t lose power so I’ve been
sanding this thing with a cordless sander my hands I’ve got a cordless
router will cut all the tongues and stuff I think we can finish this without
power pray for us why praying in our last couple videos oh and if you’re like
in this content hit that subscribe button me a thumbs up hit the bell
notification too so you can see my next video got four coats of shellac on here
sanding them down between coats at 400 grit and now we’re just going to apply a
little bit of finishing paste wax get it all nice and smooth and buff it all up
to the same team she was like a five dollar piece of
glass I had touched at the home store oh my god it is
oh my god I love it I love it it is so nice oh my god yeah yeah it was on sale thank you so thankfully Sara absolutely loved
this build and I loved making it on it was a huge challenge to me and I’m
really glad that she likes it if you enjoyed this building you want to see
more of my custom work I got another video queued up for you right here so if
you want to check out more from my sponsor on this build Timberland Pro
I’ve got a link down in the description and lastly thank you one more time for
tuning in go punch your next project in the face I’ll see you on the next video

92 Replies to “How To Make A Jewelry Box | Woodworking How-to”

  1. OH NO! You told her age! You better build a dog house now! You'll be in it lol. Just kidding. Good job. Love your videos and how you edit them. Keep up the great work!

  2. Great job on the build! Had a lot of fun watching it, i really need to do a project with dovetails. I'm glad she enjoyed the gift, although i'm not surprised, it turned out really great. Thanks again John!

  3. Great video!!! Love the details 2 questions when are you going to get a small mill for your brass work, and the second WHY DIDN'T YOU SING YOUR POOR LITTLE HEART OUT!!🤣 love your jig the songs sounded like Chris LeDoux!

  4. Great, informative video. Really like the project. I teach high school woodshop and would love to use it in my classes if that is ok. Thank you.

  5. This was beautiful. I think I might try to build something like this for my wife. Her birthday is in July, so I have enough time to mess up 2 or 3 times first haha.

  6. interesting… I usually go with PINS first for through dovetail, but never seen this technique on half blind. very good job overall

  7. Very nice John. Great to see a project involving hand power and fine detail work like you did here. Just surprised there wasn't another gift inside the jewelry box to further surprise her. She had a wonderful reaction though. And don't you love those 4 words of "Did you make this?". Kudos dude.

  8. Looks great, John. Love the inclusion of the brass! Also, I wish my mistakes were so easily fixed! Great video, brother

  9. Great project, John. Tedious work but worth it. She's adorable. You better get a ring on that finger soon, big daddy! Though I think she's staying put seeing your dedication. 🙂 Box turned out perfect and looks great, man. Nice work all around. Troy

  10. I think your best project yet. I have made a ton of jewelry boxes like this and like to use shellac as well. If you are using the blonde shellac I think you may find using a rattle can shellac a lot more forgiving and infinitely easier. 4 or 5 light coats, sanding in between and you are done. You can literally apply the next coat in 20 minutes.

    I can’t believe a client sent that thing back, I’m going to have to look for that podcast, I want to hear that story……Thanks again for sharing this.


  11. Who are the 4 sorry souls that disliked this video. That box came out amazing. Thanks for all the kick ass content John. Love the channel!!

  12. SWEET BUILD!!! Way to go on repurposing something. I noticed you were holding the pieces you were routing the rabett joint on the bit for a long time. Does that species resist burning?

  13. Hey john, funny thing is i just picked uo a piece of 4 quarter wenge. 5" wide by 6' long. Cost me $98… i wasnt in the market for any. The piece caught my eye and automatically like 5 ideas popped into my head so i took it. So yeah, you're right saying it's expensive. And that piece you made had alot. I deal with just designers. No clients, and when they mess up its on them so they can watch there commission go bye bye!! Not my problem. You kinda have to be like that though. Especially in new york. Someone has to pay for my time and materials. I don't eat any of that unless it's from my own doing. Which has happened a time or two….lol great job on the box & congratulations with your lady.

  14. First you tell her age, then you finally make her the personalized jewelry box she wanted, so you make it out of scrap lumber. Oh my, you have chosen the hard path my friend. Lol, the box turned out beautiful.

  15. As soon as I saw you as a metal worker you put on a sweet spin move into a woodworker… Jimmy Diresta 2.0! This box turned out amazing!

  16. Great vid John! Do you have a link to which podcast you talk about the unhappy customer and having to eat that project? That's definitely one of my own fears and I'm interested to hear how that played out. Thanks!

  17. #johnmalecki You could have sunk yourself…was waiting in the reveal for a ring to be in the drawer .looks great

  18. Great work all around! Really loved the simple design of the drawer pulls. At first I thought you would drill and screw them in. The angled design is so much cleaner. Might have to borrow that one. Congrats on the engagement!!

  19. That turned out awesome. When you were doing the first bit of routering I was thinking “ dude you really got to get Makita’s cordless router” but then you bust that out later on. I have one and absolutely love it.

  20. Dude, that is gorgeous. And, you made your hunny happy. And you "Reclaimed" good wood from a South bound project. Win, Win, Win, Win, Win. Just awesome, my friend.

  21. Lol, did you silicone the glass to the top? By the looks of how this box was built, I would have sent the other piece back to.

  22. John,

    I have made multiple gift for my wife in my journey as a woodworker. Isn't it great to see the reaction?

    Beautiful craftsmanship in this project, and wenge itself is awesome.

    Nice work.

  23. Remember kids. Jewelry boxes are for day-to-day jewelry. Put your heirloom or expensive stuff somewhere anyone walking into your bedroom would never bother looking.

  24. Hi John, new sub and bell ringer here. Great looking project and great music too! Really jealous of your shop though.

  25. Sorry to be that guy, but wenge dust is really nasty, at least put on a dust mask! I’m a bit loose on safety gear too, but that stuff will kill you! Nice job though, all the best

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