Jewelry Box

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Project by caocian posted 10-28-2008 07:51 PM 4265 views 50 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry for not posting more often, but here’s a recent project.

Kind of a rushed wedding present. Wish I’d had an extra week to finish, but I guess we all see our own mistakes more easily than others

Primary wood is Claro walnut, resawn, bookmatched. Also features flame & birdseye maple, with bloodwood accents and drawer handles.

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#1 posted 10-28-2008 08:08 PM

Nice work! I particularly like the drawer handles.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#2 posted 10-28-2008 09:19 PM

Nice, they will love it. Only two projects but I bet there are more. Look forward to seeing more, thanks.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 10-28-2008 09:23 PM

beautiful cabinet Can I say I think the brass hooks spoil it somewhat! sorry my opinion only as this is so lovely otherswise if you made some wooden hooks a bit larger perhaps I think it would look better as they spoil this wondeful cabinet absolutely beautiful workmanship well done kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 10-28-2008 09:31 PM

Wow! That is some fine looking wood there. I often like to imagine that I could do boxes like that if I had wood like that… nah, that’s fine workmanship too.

-- Jim

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#5 posted 10-28-2008 09:35 PM

Beautiful, well done. the design is very nice and also looks nice closed.


-- Woody, UK

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#6 posted 10-28-2008 09:54 PM

That is a very nice box. I like the pull out earring racks. I don’t have a problem with the hooks, I think they look fine, besides I know how hard it is to find the perfect hardware, particularly if time is short. Wooden hooks? What would they look like Scotsman? Do you mean just use wooden pegs?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#7 posted 10-28-2008 10:04 PM

No If you can use the lathe you can turn rings with any wood you choose then alter them to make hooks,which van be pinned otr preferably glued in to position I have done it before but I cant find any pictures to send .The hooks are ok ! but they are not as nice as they could be the cabinet is a really nice classic piece for the future and will be around in a few hundred years to come but I feel the hooks are not in keeping with the precision of this fine piece.Actually perhaps pegs woukld even be better sorry don’t mean to be over critical this is a really wonderful piece wish I had made it lol Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 10-28-2008 10:12 PM

Really beautiful design and execution. Well done!

-- Mark, Florida,

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#9 posted 10-28-2008 10:46 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments.

Alistair, you must have been reading my mind! I had every intention of making some small wooden hooks, but time made it impossible.

Here’s the story behind the box:
Seventeen days before the wedding, I got a call from an old military buddy. A mutual friend was getting married and had invited several of us to have an impromptu reunion at the wedding. His bride-to-be was not only open to the idea, but she sent an email to all of us encouraging us to crash her wedding and tell her the embarrassing stories about her future husband. Oh yeah, she also mentioned something about an open bar.

Needless to say, her attitude and generousity (this is the bride’s big day after all) won her many friends. I felt like I had to do something special for such a fine lass.

Unfortunately, my shop was torn up since I was in the middle of building my new “dream” workbench. I hurried to finish the bench and sketched up a few ideas for the box. Of course I got really busy at work at the same time.

Anyway, I was building and designing on the fly and some compromises had to be made. Overall I like the design, but there are a few things I’ll change for the next one. And yes, there will be another. I have three daughters-in-law that have all chimed in with their wishes.

Anayway, thanks again for all the comments. And I’m with you Alistair!

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#10 posted 10-29-2008 12:02 AM

Beautiful. Really nice design.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 10-29-2008 01:04 AM

As others have said, this is a really nice design. And the build is excellent as well. Beautiful!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 10-29-2008 02:18 AM

I want to make one for my wife and your excellent craftsmanship gives me lots of ideas. Love the front!


-- - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & - I make. You buy.

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#13 posted 10-29-2008 04:30 AM

This is really beautiful. Nice wood choices. There’s a lot of detail here to absorb. You’ve done a great job!

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#14 posted 10-29-2008 01:10 PM

Unique design. I especially love the book matched walnut
I think that really makes the piece.
Thanks for sharing.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#15 posted 10-30-2008 03:34 PM

Sorry, Maluco. I don’t have any more pictures and the box is now 1500 miles away with its new owner.

Essentially, it’s just a box of four drawers on the inside with the tracks for the earring holders on each side. The tracks have a groove slightly wider than the frame of the holders and a deeper groove for the brass pin the allows the holders to pivot open when extended.

Other than that, it’s just a box.

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