Will Du – Publicity Team Lead 2021-23
As a representative for iForge, I often find myself too busy to fully utilize the space, and don’t get much time to work on personal projects. However, during the Christmas holidays last year, I had a few days free and decided to surprise my girlfriend with a handmade jewellery box for our 100-day anniversary.
I knew that 100 days is a significant milestone in Korean culture, and since my girlfriend used to enjoy Korean TV shows in the past, I wanted to create something special for her. I designed a simple friction-lid box to fit a necklace with her favourite flower, the lily.
How it was made
To start, I measured the dimensions of the velvet foam for the necklace and found a suitable piece of timber. I then cut strips into it with a bandsaw to make the sides, top, and bottom of the box. With the help of my friend David, I hand-sanded the pieces to size and shape.
I used a belt sander to sand 45-degree angles into each piece for the mitre corners of the top and bottom halves. After gluing them together, I engraved the shape of a lily onto the top of the box. I then made four thin pieces for the bottom to create a friction fit, making several adjustments to get the right fit. Finally, I sanded the box to a fine finish and applied four layers of polyurethane varnish to protect the wood and enhance its natural color.
Overall, the project took around 15 to 20 hours to complete, which I worked on during those three days of free time. The final product turned out beautifully, and my girlfriend loved it. It felt great to work on something handmade again!
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