Jewelry chest

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Project by JeanValjean posted 26 days ago 705 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fairly large chest made of quarter sawn white oak, cherry with some sapele accents.
The drawer has a bottom made of aromatic cedar.
There is a secret compartment under the drawer where one could store valuables.
The tray is made entirely of 1/4 inch thick stock and was tricky to make but I am happy with the result.
The drawer has a rare earth magnet in the back and a steel tab is mounted inside the box so that the drawer stays locked in place if you pick up the lid but a firm pull in the tab will easily extract the drawer.
The corners of the main box are metered with splines inserted for reinforcement.
The finish is a light coat of shellac followed by several coats of gloss lacquer and a final light buffing with 5/0 steel wool and a coat of wax.
This item will end up being in a silent auction fundraiser.
I really enjoyed the challenge of building the drawer and tray out of the thin stock and the precision one must adhere to in order to get an acceptable result.

-- Semper Fi

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#1 posted 26 days ago

Very unique!

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#2 posted 26 days ago

Great design. Hope it sells for a big bundle.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 26 days ago

Super piece of work and the design is very appealing. How are the 2 lower drawers hinged and how do they lock closed? I’d like to give this a try with minor alterations for my 12 y/o granddaughter. I have some beautiful BKP with her name on it. Please post more detailed pictures if you have some. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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#4 posted 26 days ago


-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 26 days ago

Very nice. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 26 days ago

Thanks for the thoughtful comments everyone
@OldWrangler there are no hinges involved here…
The main box “nest’s” into the base and the top assembly with drawer “nest’s” into the main box…
The drawer slides on hickory runners and there is a rare earth magnet and steel tab behind it so when you slide the drawer in the magnet “grabs” and the drawer seats perfectly

-- Semper Fi

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#7 posted 26 days ago

Not my personal style, but very well done and very unique.

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