how I made a watch case

I’ve finished making a watch case using indian rosewood, ash and suede, with brass lock and hinges. Here are the raw materials.raw materialsI started by veneering the rosewood and ash onto the base layer of mdf lipped with solid rosewood. I then routed grooves, which will house the base and lid panels. Then I accurately cut the ends of each side panel to a 45 degree components I used a steel band frame clamp to hold the sides in place during the glue-up. The box is glued up as one sealed piece. I cut the lid off on the bandsaw when the glue was dry.steel band frame clamp When the glue was set, I used a dovetail saw to cut 3 slots into each corner of the box. Each slot is about 0.6mm thick, which is the thickness of the veneer.key slots This is so that I could glue keys to strengthen each mitre joint. When I trim them down they will become almost invisible.veneer keys Next I made some 5mm thick inserts from the ash. I used my Woodrat routing jig to cut some 1mm deep slots to create the individual compartments. I find the woodrat jig is particularly good at cutting an accurate groove across the grain.woodrat I marked each slot with a pencil and lined up the cutter by eye.cutting a groove After dry fitting all the ash inserts to make sure everything fitted properly (which after the 3rd attempt they did!) I cut and glued the suede onto each vertical face. I stuck the suede to sticky card to make it easier to fit.suede liningHere’s the box with the hinges and lock fitted. Each compartment will contain a pillow for the watch to be wrapped around.
completed watch case open I applied an acrylic finish to the outside, with a wax polish.completed watch case

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