Cuban Mahogany Jewelry Chest

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 04-10-2009 07:58 PM 4067 views 13 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 04-10-2009 08:10 PM

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 04-10-2009 08:11 PM

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 04-10-2009 08:20 PM

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

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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#4 posted 04-10-2009 09:11 PM

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 04-10-2009 09:13 PM

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 04-10-2009 09:17 PM

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 04-10-2009 09:32 PM

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

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 04-10-2009 09:33 PM

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

-- Chris

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#9 posted 04-10-2009 10:07 PM

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 04-10-2009 10:40 PM

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 04-10-2009 10:59 PM

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 04-10-2009 11:09 PM

Very Classy. The wood grain is beautiful.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 04-10-2009 11:30 PM

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 04-10-2009 11:34 PM

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

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

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#15 posted 04-10-2009 11:57 PM


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

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