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Topic: Elephant jewelry box *0* (WITH TUTORIAL)  (Read 3746 times)
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illegalcreativity
« on: May 12, 2011 03:58:14 PM »

hello hello! some time ago, I made an apple jewelry box *0*
someone asked me to, and I had to make some sort of a tutorial for a photography class, so I ended up making another box--

elephants !


this is my first tutorial, so if there's anything that's unclear, please let me know!

for this project, you will need: (quite a lot)
# Band Saw
# Sander
# Wood Glue
# Paint (or stain)
# Wood (either one big block, or several thinner (at least 1") pieces
# jorgenson Clamps
# Shellac

1.

get your wood! if you're using several thinner pieces, because to spread glue THOROUGHLY across every piece. if you miss a spot, it becomes a weak link!  Be sure they're all cut to the same size, too. let it dry 24 hours prior to cutting

2.

draw your design out-- if you've never worked with wood/construction before, try a simpler design before getting elaborate with details

3.

(optional) cut 1/2" off back. this will be the back of your box (so your shelf doesn't fly out when you push it in). if you have more wood leftover, you don't need to do this step

4.

(using a bandsaw), start cutting. it's safer to cut outside the lines and sand later than to cut too much

5.

cut the shelves out (you'll have to cut into the base)

6.

I'm assuming I forgot to take pictures here, but for the shelves, you cut the fronts off the shelves, then the sides, and finally the bottom. piece, glue, and clamp together. (if you have any drippies, wipe them off with a wet paper towel now or you'll spend a lot time sanding)

7.

make sure it's tightly clamped

8.

glue the cuts you made in the base shut

9.

and clamp (you'll need a lot of these)

10.

when dry, sand off the extra wood for a smooth finish

11.

sand any details or hard to get places

12.

use the piece of wood from step 3 (or any 1/2"+ stock) and glue it to the back. clamp

13.

cut the shape out

14.

sand down to size

15.

cut or sand, glue, and clamp handles on. I made mine out of scrap wood

16.

sand for a nice, smooooooth finish (the picture is of hand sanding, but palm sanding is easier for big open spots)

17.

paint or stain

18.

spray shellac or any clear protective coating

19.

so cute! use and show off!
you can design your box to hold jewelry, beads, tools, pencils, materials, anything you want!



happy woodworking!
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2011 04:23:49 PM »

What a great elephant!  The eye detail makes it awesome. Love the tute, great job!
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2011 04:27:04 PM »

So cute!! This is such a great project and you are a super-star with the power tools! Impressive.
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2011 05:26:22 PM »

So adorable! Amazing work!
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MarleesMom
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2011 05:31:15 PM »

By far the most awesome jewelry box ever. Rocks.
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enakitty
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2011 01:58:47 AM »

Crazy cute!!!!
Makes me wish I had a whole bunch of woodworking tools!
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2011 04:41:28 PM »

absolutely awesome!
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2011 06:08:20 PM »

I love elephants!!
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Akkhima
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2011 02:32:29 PM »

I love this! All the pictures reminded me of wood shop class in middle school. I can even smell the sawdust now.

I wish I had access to the tools for this, I would definitely make one.
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