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Project by TMartin posted 2013 days ago 8767 views 12 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this idea and plan from a New Yankee Workshop episode. I made this as a gift—-I thought the “hidden compartment” in this project would be a perfect place for an engagement ring. It was, but I did have to unwrap it and take it out of the box because this hidden drawer is fairly shallow.

I used cherry, most was “curly cherry.” As for a finish, I found an article in Woodworking Magazine that led me to try boiled linseed oil (cut w/ 1/3 mineral spirits) and 3 coats of spray lacquer. I didn’t have time for the sun or tanning salon treatment (I am planning on trying this for my next project with cherry) but I think it came out great nonetheless.





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Ben Griffith

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#1 posted 2013 days ago

I like that hidden compartment a lot. What I really find interesting is that it shows how a decorative base like that really changes the overall look of the case. It’s a whole different look if you remove it.
Congratulations! (I assume she said yes.)
Welcome to LJ!

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2013 days ago

This is a really nice jewelry case and you did a nice job on the construction and finish. Suntanning it would speed up the aging process of the cherry but it will do it anyway of its own accord. This is a really nice piece.

By the way with the hidden compartment it qualifies for entry into the contest that is ongoing now. Are you planning on entering it?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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FlWoodRat

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#3 posted 2013 days ago

T,
Beautiful box. good design and great execution. How about sharing a pic of the hidden jewel?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 2013 days ago

Very nice! I remember seeing this design a while back, but your version is excellent.

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

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JuniorJoiner

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#5 posted 2013 days ago

i love the project, cherry always looks good no matter what finish you use. i notice from the photos that your a lefty. curious to know if you have any problems with woodworking/using tools left handed?
wonderful work. looking forward to seeing more.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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SPalm

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#6 posted 2013 days ago

Nice. That’s a good looking piece of furniture.

And boy do you have a clean shop :)

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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ND2ELK

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#7 posted 2013 days ago

Great looking jewelry box. Really like the hidden compartment. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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woodworm

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#8 posted 2013 days ago

Very beautiful jewellery case.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 2013 days ago

I like it. Well done. I assume there will be a wedding??

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Karson

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#10 posted 2013 days ago

Great looking box and I guess good luck in the contest.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Andraxia

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#11 posted 2012 days ago

Sigh you men who wave tidbits of potential romance past us women fail to ever finish the story! Did she say yes???

Lovely proposal gift – I bet you were doing your best to rig the response with it :)

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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cobbler

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#12 posted 2012 days ago

Great box. I love the hidden compartment too.
Thanks for posting.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 2012 days ago

Like several, I like your piece, your technique and write-up. But I want the dish on the proposal…
Make sure and enter this one in the contest.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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irishcolleen

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#14 posted 2012 days ago

What a great design. Very nice. How long did it take your fiance to find the ring?

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Wally_nd

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#15 posted 2012 days ago

Very nice…Great idea

-- Jeremy, North Dakota

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