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Project by kdc68 posted 02-28-2015 11:27 PM 2889 views 16 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelry box is a birthday present for my mother. I’m confident this will be a welcomed addition to her collection of lacquered boxes. I chose the name chatoyance for two reasons. One is for all the shimmer the grain displays, but mainly because this has been one of her favorite catchy words as of late.
The primary wood is Primavera, also known as white mahogany. I found it in the back of the bin at my local supplier. It was a piece of 4/4 S2S that had a significant twist and crook. I will assume that this is why it was buried behind everything else. I chose it because I could see all the ribbon and curl and figured I could flatten it with a little work. All the interlocking grain made me proficient using a card scrapper once I got it to a uniform thickness and flat. My first experience using Primavera and I will assume a less figured piece would be easy to work
I used stop hinges for the lid. The lid stays open at 95 degrees without any assistance. The panel in the lid is Redwood Burl. It is veneer I had found stored away in a box of college text books from many years ago. I found several pieces of three species in good condition. They came from the IWF (International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair) held in Atlanta Georgia that I attended back in 1988. I grabbed these veneer pieces from a booth of Chester B. Stem Inc. whom had them as samples. I used 1/4” MDF as the substrate and the veneered panel is fitted in the mitered frame of the lid in a centered groove. I used coats of lacquer on the veneered panel as grain filler. Sanding back and recoating until satisfied, all prior to assembly. I posted a photo of the assembly below.
The keys (or splines) in the miters are made of Bloodwood. My first time using this wood because it is very expensive in my area and read it was difficult to work. The limited use in this project resolved those issues. I think they complement the Redwood Burl and contrast the Primavera very well.
The base and small tray both have a MDF panel. I used 1/2” for the base and 1/4” for the small tray. I rabbeted the panels and fitted them into grooves as the joinery. The undersides of both the base and small tray panels were painted black and lacquered prior to assembly. The topside of the panels (which later would become the inside of the box and tray) were sealed with lacquer. Once the base was assembled, I then glued the base to the box assembly. I posted photos of the joinery and assembly of the box, base, and small tray below. At the very end of the construction and finishing, I lined the insides of both the box and small tray with black felt.
The divider is made from 3/8” x 1” and 1/4” x 5/8” pieces. I cut notches to except the smaller 1/4” members. Some of the notches in the 3/8” pieces go all the way through while some do not. For those that do not, I made these from 3/16” pieces with notches offset and cut through. I then face glued them together to get to that 3/8” thickness of the others. The two heights and thicknesses give this an interesting look. The divisions are intentional. When in the box, the tray can sit in the middle or to either side and be fully supported by the taller 3/8” x 1” pieces. A photo is below to better explain the assembly.
I did a little experimenting in regards to finishing the Primavera. Unfinished it was a cream color and the figure didn’t pop enough when I applied just lacquer by itself. I found the look I was going for with the help of a dye and distilled water mixture to pop the ribbon and curl, then the lacquer amplified it further. The dye was rather diluted as I didn’t want to add too much color. The intent was to enhance the ribbon and curl while adding a little color. For simplicity, I prefinished the inside of the box prior to assembly. Once all the assembly was done, I applied the dye mixture and four coats of gloss to the remainder of the box, lid, divider, and small tray.

The overall size:
3-3/4” H x 7-1/4” D x 10” L.

Materials used:
4/4 Primavera
4/4 Bloodwood
Redwood Burl veneer
1/4” and 1/2” MDF
1” Stop hinges, #2×1/4” screws (Craft Inc.)
Self-Adhesive Black Felt (Rocklers)
Gloss Lacquer (Behlens)
Flat Black Prime/Paint (Rust-Oleum 2X)
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-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once





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Betsy

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#1 posted 02-28-2015 11:37 PM

The box is beautiful. The explanation and photos is helpful also.

I think your mother will enjoy it for many years to come.

Thanks for sharing.
Betsy

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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kdc68

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#2 posted 02-28-2015 11:38 PM

Thank you Betsy. I appreciate the compliments !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Woodmaster1

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#3 posted 02-28-2015 11:50 PM

Awesome box, I love the redwood burl.

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kdc68

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#4 posted 02-28-2015 11:52 PM

Thanks for the compliment Woodmaster1 ! Much appreciated !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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AandCstyle

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#5 posted 03-01-2015 12:41 AM

That is a very classy box and your mother will love it. Also, I appreciated the detailed write up.

-- Art

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kdc68

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#6 posted 03-01-2015 12:45 AM

Thanks Art !....It’s a challenge to take good photos and do a write up. And thanks for the compliment !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Duckster

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#7 posted 03-01-2015 01:02 AM

Very nice job. Thanks for showing it.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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kdc68

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#8 posted 03-01-2015 01:03 AM

Thanks Duckster for the compliment !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#9 posted 03-01-2015 01:44 AM

That’s a great looking box! I’m sure your mother will love it, and fill it with jewelry!

-- Dean

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kdc68

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#10 posted 03-01-2015 01:48 AM

Thanks Dean ! I appreciate the compliment !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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doubleDD

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#11 posted 03-01-2015 02:00 AM

It’s a beauty. I like it a lot. Primavera, (white mahogany) never heard of that one but it shows well. How’s that spline jig working for you?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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kdc68

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#12 posted 03-01-2015 02:03 AM

Thanks Dave for the compliment !.....The spline jig works great and is easy to set up and use !....I almost went over board on this box.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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michelletwo

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#13 posted 03-01-2015 10:48 AM

wow, what impresses me is the time you took to write this up..provide pics of the build, and then pics of the finished piece. Sure a nice gift to all of us. I’m sure your mom will cherish this box.

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Boxguy

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#14 posted 03-01-2015 11:00 AM

KDC, the Chester B. Stem mill is near to our home. 26 years is a long time to wait to use a scrap of veneer. This box is well done and the woods are truly exotic. Thanks for the extra pictures. The write-up is well done too. You might consider integrating the pictures into the write-up to break the words up a bit. I am quite sure your mom will enjoy the chatoyancy of the wood in this box. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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kdc68

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#15 posted 03-01-2015 11:11 AM

michelletwo… thank you for the comments and compliments. Much appreciated !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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