Oval Shape Template For Jewellery

The first of the boxes, the jewelry box, is the most unusual of the three. With its oval shape and wing-like lids, it also seems a lot more complex, but as you'll see, there isn't anything unusual about building it.

There are only four parts to the jewelry box. The body is made of one piece of l1/?1''-thick hardwood. A pair of bean-shaped compartments are routed in it to hold the jewelry. Two matching swivel lids enclose the compartments, and a center divider serves as a lid stop.

making the template. The secret to a free-form project that doesn't have any straight lines or square shapes is to use a router and a pair of templates. Use the pattern on page 13 as a guide for making the box template. Even though the final shape of the box is oval, I made both the template and the box blank an oversize rectangular shape for now. I did this for two simple reasons.

First, the oversize template provides a broad, flat surface for the router to ride on. The second reason is that it's easier to secure the rectangular box blank in the face vise on the workbench.

After attaching the template to the box blank, the first thing you'll do is drill out most of the waste with a Forstner bit in the drill press. Doing it this way is faster than routing.

routing with the template. Once the recesses have been drilled to rough shape, you can rout out the compartments, taking shallow passes, as shown in Fig. 1.

drilling pin holes. The last thing to do is to drill a pair of W'-dia. holes through the template and into the box, as you can see in Figs. 2 and 2a.

Blank Oval Charms Template

Templater

V/4u-dia. tray bit

Template

Box blank

After partially drilling out waste, rout out compartments with V/S'-dia. tray bit

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See template routing article on page 6

Final pass cleans up bottom of compartment

After partially drilling out waste, rout out compartments with V/S'-dia. tray bit

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Use the templates as a guide for drilling holes for the steel hinge pins for the lids.

Use the templates as a guide for drilling holes for the steel hinge pins for the lids.

Shaping The Lids

With the recesses in the body complete, I turned my attention to the lids. After the lids are complete, the rest of the box will be shaped and then sanded smooth.

making the lid template. But before you make the lids, there's one more template to make. The second template guides you through the cutting and fitting of the lids. The same template is used to shape both lids so that they end up identical.

To make the template, enlarge the pattern on the opposite page and glue it to a piece of V41' hard-board. The template is then cut to rough shape on the band saw and sanded to the layout lines. Then drill out the VV'-dia. hinge pin hole lay out lids and divider. The lids and center divider of the box are all cut from the same piece of V^'-thick stock so that the grain will flow across all three parts after they're shaped and attached to the box. So to lay out the parts, you'll need to start with an oversize blank.

Now set the lid template in place on the blank and trace the outline. Then rotate the template 180° to trace the other lid. Just be sure to leave at least 5/sn between each lid for the divider, as in Fig. 3.

Leaving this extra space allows for the saw kerfs when cutting out the lids and still leaves you enough "wiggle" room to shape the divider for a tight fit later on. And to keep the parts from getting turned around while shaping, I used an old trick and marked a carpenter's triangle on the top of the board.

making the lids. At this point, the lids can be cut out from the blank on the band saw. (Remember to save the center for the divider.) Cut just to the waste side of the line.

Next, attach the lid template with double-sided carpet tape and trim the lid to final shape with a flush trim bit installed in the router table, as you can see in Figs. 4 and 4a.

Using the template as a guide, drill a W-dia. hole in the bottom of each lid, as shown in the drawing in the left margin. Then cut a piece of

V^'-dia. steel rod to fit in the lid and box (about 3A"). The pins can then be glued into the lids with epoxy.

shaping the divider. Once the glue has dried, you'll need to grab the box body for the shaping and fitting of the divider. To do this, start by attaching the lids with double-sided tape. The tape keeps the lids from moving around while you fit the divider to the space between them, as illustrated in Fig. 5.

When fitting the divider, make sure the orientation triangle lines up. The space between the lids defines the exact size of the divider.

To fit the divider, I used a drum sander mounted in the drill press, as you can see in Fig. 5a. It's a good idea to test the fit often while shaping the divider. What you're looking

Carpenter's triangle keeps pieces aligned while shaping

Oval Templates For Woodworking

1A"-dia. hole through template

NOTE: Lids and divider are cut from 1/2n-thick stock

1A"-dia. hole through template

NOTE: Lids and divider are cut from 1/2n-thick stock

Carpenter's triangle keeps pieces aligned while shaping

Oval Templates For Woodworking

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Flush trim

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Attach lids to box with

Swivel Lid Oval Wooden Box

Sand relief so lids can open and close without binding

Sand divider to fit between lids

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Sand divider to fit between lids

Sand relief so lids can open and close without binding

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To download a full-size pattern for the jewelry box and llids, go to www.wood smith.com

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