My vision for the project was is to build something elegant, simple and secure. Being a mechanical engineer I can’t bring myself to make something that is not useful so I would also like to have the jewelry box be useful in storing jewelry. I’d also like the jewelry box to be secure and have a secret compartment to hide some of the most expensive pieces.
I am building this jewelry box for my mom for mothers day. My mom does lots for me and I would love to be able to give her something meaningful for this holiday. A jewelry box is also something that one uses every day so I want my mom to be able to look at it every morning and think of me. A jewelry box is something that is not too difficult to get function so I will have lots of freedom to experiment with the aesthetics. This project will also allow me to continue to grow my knowledge of woodworking.
To vet different ideas and iterate on my ideas I created a CAD model so I could see the way that everything goes together. Experimenting with CAD models allows me to see how my final product is going to look as well as ensure that everything is going to fit together and work.
My main constraints for this project are Money, Time, and Skill. Originally I wanted to use a very elegant wood like mahogany but after looking at the prices I realized that this was not going to be possible because of how expensive it is. Time is something that is always a constraint but if I start my project early enough and dedicate a few hours a week this shouldn’t be a problem. My skill is something that is always a constraint but by seeking the help of others this can be overcome.
I first need to seek help from others; I would like to seek help on the aesthetics of my design, as well as on the possibility of actually manufacturing this. Once this is complete I can refine my CAD model, buy materials, and start to build!