Beautiful Jewelry Chest

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Project by Alongiron posted 03-14-2015 07:17 PM 2308 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My future Daughter in law recently graduated with her masters degree from the U of Indiana. We gave her a gift of money but also a gift certificate from my workshop; “Old Hickory Woodworking” for anything she wanted! After a couple 3 months, she came to us and asked for a jewelry chest. So I looked and searched and goggled and thought and finally came with my version of a “Beautiful Jewelry Chest” It is made from Oak plywood and QSWO. The drawers are all made using dovetail joints. The dividers are half lap joints made from 1/4” oak. It is finished with a red mahogany finish and 3 coats of clear shellac. My wife helped me with the felt on the bottoms of the drawers as well as the doors that will carry the necklaces. I used a piece of blue foam board, cut 3/16” slices in for the top drawer ring holder. It was a fun project. She does not know it yet but when she comes to see it in a couple weeks, my son is going to have a “special box” already in the chest. When she opens it up, he is going to “pop the question” It will be real exciting for all of us! I hope this project will inspire you. Thanks for looking!!


-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#1 posted 03-14-2015 09:52 PM

Steve, that is a lot of work and it looks incredible. It looks like a chest on chest. Is the top one secured to the bottom one in any way?

-- Art

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#2 posted 03-15-2015 12:44 AM


It is in 2 pieces for moving. I have some 5/16 dowels on the bottom section that fit into mating holes on the top



-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#3 posted 03-15-2015 01:35 AM

Oh, my God…..what fun!!!!! And, as usual, your work is fantastic.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#4 posted 03-15-2015 01:25 PM

Have you thought about the pressure you are putting on your son to fill it with jewelry?? Your craftsmanship is impeccable.

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#5 posted 03-16-2015 01:15 PM

exceptional work! (and lots of hours!) Beautiful piece – it’ll be a hand-me-down and a family heirloom. Just think what it’s worth when it’s full! Ha!

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#6 posted 03-16-2015 01:41 PM

That’s a beautiful piece. She must love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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