Walnut Spice Chest

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Project by BMaloney posted 07-09-2014 08:40 PM 932 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Walnut Spice Chest I built as a jewelry chest for my wife. It is based on the one Charles Neil did on his Mastering Woodworking site. I had also built an Arch Top Spice Chest for my daughter earlier and of course when I was done my wife said she wanted one. I changed around the drawer configuration because she wanted somewhere to hang necklaces. Keeping true to spice chests there are a couple of hidden drawers and compartments. Adds a little fun to the build. The top and the door panels came from a single piece of nicely figured Walnut I was saving for the right project. The drawer fronts are Walnut Burl veneer. This was actually my first time veneering something. I will definitely be using more veneers in future projects. I just have to finish lining the drawers with velvet and then spend the rest of my life paying for the jewelry to fill the drawers.

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#1 posted 07-09-2014 09:31 PM

Beautiful piece—very nicely done.

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#2 posted 07-09-2014 09:47 PM

Beautiful work. The inside walnut veneer drawer fronts with the contrasting rails and styles look great. Its even more beautiful on the inside.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario (

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#3 posted 07-09-2014 09:58 PM

Very nicely done!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#4 posted 07-09-2014 10:35 PM

That second photo is the money shot. The drawers look really good.

Thanks for sharing your work. I like it.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 07-10-2014 01:50 PM

That is some beautiful work. What is the approximate size?

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#6 posted 07-10-2014 02:16 PM

This is a beautiful piece. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 07-10-2014 05:34 PM

Looks great.

-- Julian

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#8 posted 07-11-2014 12:17 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Very good attention to detail, especially with keeping the grain from what appears to be one single veneer.

Ok, so school me…I’ve seen a few really fantastic-looking spice chests. What do people normally use them for these days? Spices? Jewelry? For show?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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