I started this jewelry box in early 2010 but was so
disgusted with myself after I made a mistake that I shoved it
aside and didn't work on it until recently. Let's go back in time so I
can explain: I picked out a nice 3/4" thick by 7" wide piece of black
walnut that had a knot in it which was going to be used for the lid. In
other words, I cut the lid out first and then the bottom would be made
from the remainder.
After gluing three pieces together for the bottom (2
1/4" thick), I was ready to use the CNC milling machine at my work to
make the entire box with. Everything was going according to plan, the
programming, the setup up of the machine, the placement and size of the
cutouts inside the box, the shape of the outside, everything came out
just like I wanted. Well...except one thing...which I didn't know about
until I removed the bottom portion from the machine vise. That's when I
noticed my mistake.
You see, when I was gluing the three pieces together I
made sure to put the better looking sides together which would end up
becoming the front. After a couple of weeks I went down to my work to
make the box but for some reason I didn't pay attention when I placed
the bottom piece in the machine vise. Yeah....you guessed it...I had it
in vise backwards. And with my design being asymmetrical (on the inside)
I wasn't able to fix the problem by turning the box around.
So what did I end up doing?
Well I had two choices, swallow my pride or throw it
away. As you can tell I didn't toss it out because you're reading about
it right now. Below you can see
the three pieces glued together and the single piece for the top.