Fishtail Oak Jewelry Box

Fishtail Oak Jewelery Box

This was a busy Christmas! I made several gifts for Sarah. One of which is this jewelry box. She loves it and already has started to wonder how she ever got by without one.

The Design

The design was inspired by a jewelry box I saw in a magazine, with some of my own modifications. It’s made out of fishtail oak. There are walnut wedges inserted into the corners for design and also added stability of the box since I did not use any nails. The finish is a clear polyurethane (high gloss).
Lid Detail

Lid Detail

The box is square and metric but also feminine. The handle has a graceful curve with striking grain patterns shining on its edge. The handle also is slightly recessed in the bottom.

The Bottom

The bottom plate was the most challenging portion of this project, largely because I did not use any nails. As with the sides, it also has walnut wedges to help secure the various pieces. There are five pieces total making up the bottom plate. Each piece is 1/4 inch thick.

Bottom Detail

Bottom Detail

Originally the box was going to have felt on the bottom, but I could not bring myself to cover up the intricate pattern.

The box features ogee trim made by yours truly.

Wood Used

I finally was able to use the fishtail oak I bought two years ago on clearance. The wood is beautiful–large circles in the grain and deep, rich colors. It takes finish very nicely too. The wood is very dense, which means this box weighs a lot more than you would guess.

The name of the wood is probably not right, even though that’s what the lumber company told me when they sold it to me. I’m guessing it is actually snakewood. With how nice it turned out, I’m not complaining.

Close up of Fishtail Oak

Close up of Fishtail Oak


Fishtail Oak Boards

Fishtail Oak Boards


As usual, I didn’t draw out any plans. I mostly just went off dimensions written down. They are as follows.

Box: 13 1/2 (L) x 7 1/4 (W) x 3 1/4 (T) inches. I resawed the wood to 1/2 inch.

Lid and Trim: 14 3/4 (L) x 8 (W) inches.

Homemade Jewelery Box

Homemade Jewelry Box


~ by Clearwater Hackle on January 4, 2005.

One Response to “Fishtail Oak Jewelry Box”

  1. Again, gorgeous honey. I can’t believe how many projects you finished this Christmas. Sneaky 🙂

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