Cuban Mahogany Jewelry Chest

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 1939 days ago 3056 views 12 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In an earlier project post, I told the story of this now-rare Cuban mahogany that was cut in south Florida shortly after WWII. My friend gave me another rough-cut board, roughly 1” x 7” x 60”. After making much sawdust, this is what was left (well, okay, I’ve still got a few scraps).

On the inside of the lid, you can see the beautiful color this wood has when freshly cut, Over time it will darken to look more like the outside of the box, I’m sure. The trim at the top is rosewood, and at the bottom is walnut. Finish is Danish oil and wipe-on satin poly, with a coat of paste wax for good measure. I could run my hands over this smooth-as-silk wood all day long.

Thanks for looking. Comments and criticism welcome as always.

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

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#1 posted 1939 days ago

Beautiful as always Charlie, My only criticism is you did not give me a piece of what you have left. LOL!!! That really is an amazing piece and box!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#2 posted 1939 days ago

nice looking mahogany! and a nice design to the box!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 1939 days ago

Great Job on the Jewerly Chest! Turned out great!!!

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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#4 posted 1939 days ago

Exquisitely done Charlie; those mitres are perfection. How are they jointed?

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 1939 days ago

another beauty … I like this one the best so far. great hinges and latch. where did you find them ? also what is the striped detail on the lid edging ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 1939 days ago

Nicely done. I always like your work!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 1939 days ago

You have got a way with boxes. Each unique and well made.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 1939 days ago

Very sweet, and I see what you mean about the lumber.

-- Chris

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#9 posted 1939 days ago

Very nice box Charlie….it looks gorgeous. Great job. What did you line the box and tray with?

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#10 posted 1939 days ago

Thanks, everyone!

Stewart: the miters are very low tech…just cut them on my chop saw.

Dan: the hardware is from Lee’s inexpensive plated stuff….I can’t justify putting $75 inro hardware for a box unless I know I’m selling it andf will recoup the money. The striped inlay is from that haul of antique inlay banding I picked up on eBay a while back.

Greg, the lining is just craft store felt sheets cut to size.

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

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#11 posted 1939 days ago

I am thoroughly impressed!! That is one gorgeous box!! Excellent job, Charlie!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 1939 days ago

Very Classy. The wood grain is beautiful.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 1939 days ago

Once again Charlie, all I can say is ” Pure Elegance!”
The lines, the simple but again elegant design and wood combinations, along with the hardware are beautiful.

AAA+++ for you on this one…...................

What are the dimensions on this one?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#14 posted 1939 days ago

Gene, it is roughly 9” x 12” x 5” high, including the feet.

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

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#15 posted 1939 days ago


-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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