Jewelry Box - Walnut and Maple

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Project by Gregg M. posted 01-22-2015 05:49 PM 2715 views 20 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the third jewelry box I made in this design. This box is made of walnut and maple with a little ash thrown in. The maple is an off cut of a larger tree that I was given by a friend of mine with a saw mill. The maple has some spalting, ambrosia and some figure. The drawers are made of ash back and sides, ply bottoms with maple fronts. They have felt on the bottom and each comes with ash dividers. The door catches are rare earth magnets from Lee Valley. The door hinges are small “cheap” mortised hinges. The hinge on the top is one piano type hinge.

The piece is finished in several coats of super blonde shellac (Zinsser), rubbed out with wax on top (Minwax). I made the mistake of using regular paste was on the walnut which left visible white in the pores. I eventually stripped off the wax and tried again with a dyed wax I made (using oil color and mineral spirits). That improved the look but it was not perfect. I still haven’t been able to put a perfect finish on a piece yet. I will keep trying.

I normally use Watco Oil but I didn’t like the look of the figured maple. I made it too uniform and amber. So based on some advice I got on LJ site, I tested a few different finishes. I like the shellac finish best on this maple. I don’t like the extra work it took me to rub it out or redoing it after sanding through some edges.

Link to video on making the box. Video on YouTube

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#1 posted 01-22-2015 06:28 PM

Very nice design, I like this style. Wood on drawer fronts looks great.

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 09:27 PM

Very nicely done—particularly attractive wood grain display on the drawer fronts.

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#3 posted 01-22-2015 09:43 PM

Really nice! I like the design and wood.

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#4 posted 01-22-2015 10:58 PM

That is a great jewelry box, Gregg.

I especially love this quote:
“I still haven’t been able to put a perfect finish on a piece yet.”

While the third picture shows the reflection of the tile almost crystal clear! :)

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#5 posted 01-23-2015 01:02 AM

VERY nice! Love the drawer fronts!

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#6 posted 01-23-2015 01:14 AM

The maple is stunning. Very nice design and I like the video.

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#7 posted 01-23-2015 01:23 AM

Second that. Love your use of the spalted maple. Nicely done.

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#8 posted 01-23-2015 02:38 AM

Gregg, very nice box. Great design and wood selection !

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#9 posted 01-23-2015 03:29 AM

I love how the maple is matched over the drawers. It looks fantastic.

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#10 posted 01-23-2015 03:34 AM

Well done. The Maple really makes this piece stand out : )

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#13 posted 01-23-2015 03:43 PM

This turned out beautifully, Gregg.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 01-23-2015 06:28 PM

very nice work of art!

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#15 posted 01-25-2015 03:07 AM

Great looking box!!!

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