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A Mahogany & Birdseye Maple Beauty

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Project by kdc68 posted 09-27-2015 12:56 PM 2792 views 25 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelry box will be a Christmas gift for a friend. It is made from solid Mahogany, Maple, Bloodwood, and Maple veneered MDF panels. The box lid features a Birdseye Maple veneered top. The box inside provides organization with a divider and a tray made of maple and lined in a rose colored felt. Keyed miters using bloodwood were added for a bit of contrast and compliment the mahogany and maple. I used dye stain, gel stain, shellac, gloss and satin lacquer for the finish.
Pictured below will be the veneered panels where I used “cold press” glue for adhering. I chose Birdseye maple on a 1/4” MDF panel for the lid. Plain sliced maple veneer on a 1/4” MDF panel for the tray and a 1/2” maple MDF panel for the box bottom. In the picture, the box bottom is about ready for assembly. The mitered base is grooved to fit the tongued panel.
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Pictured below is the assembled box. I used the painters tape method to assemble followed that with a band clamp. The inside is prefinished. Also, the box bottom is assembled. The veneered panel is prefinished in satin lacquer.
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Pictured below is the assembled lid. A centered groove houses the prefinished veneered panel. Also the inside of the mahogany frame is prefinished.
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Pictured below is the assembled tray. I machined the tongue large enough for a small reveal on the underside. I have pennies as spacers to be sure that the reveal is equal on all sides.
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Pictured below is the assembled box and tray with keyed miters made from bloodwood. I chose to use two sizes and two depth settings this time around. I chose 1/8” keys using a 1/8” FTG rip blade and 1/4” keys using a box joint saw blade set. I used this table saw jig from this project post to create the mitered keys.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/108747

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Pictured below is routing the finger pull. The set up used here is a cove bit in the router table with two stops on the fence.
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Pictured below are the hinges being mortised using a jig and router. As seen in the second photo I only mortised the box, the opposing leaf of the hinges are surface mounted to the lid. This method of mounting the hinges the mortises are the depth of the hinge barrel.
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In the pictures below is the box and bottom assembly. This step is made easier because the veneered panel is shouldered to fit the inside of the box, so alignment is done for me. That shoulder in the bottom can be seen in the top portion of the second photo.
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In the pictures below are the vertical pieces that make up the divider in the box. After glue up, I will have five vertical pieces that are 3/8th in thickness. The two pairs of 3/16th pieces will be glued together. Doing it this way creates 6 easy mortises from the notches. The notches were cut using a box joint saw blade set on the table saw. While the glue sets I machine the horizontal pieces to fit the notches and mortises.
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In the photo below has the Golden Fruitwood dye applied to the remainder of the box and lid. Even though the inside edge of the mitered frame and birdseye panel are prefinished, I masked off as a precaution. Applied the dye with a rag saturating the wood well and allowed to dry. I bought the retarder (pictured on the left) but didn’t use it. I applied the dye right out of the container (pictured on the right).
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In the photo below is of the box and lid after I applied the shellac washcoat and gel stain. After the washcoat dried, I applied the gel stain as a glaze. The shellac sealed in the dye color yet allowed the gel stain to fill in the pores. I used Zinsser’s Seal Coat as a one pound cut and wiped on. A far better explanation of the finishing can be found in the link below.

http://www.woodworkerssource.com/blog/tips-tricks/how-to-finish-mahogany-woodworking-projects/
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In the picture below is after satin lacquer is applied to the maple tray and divider. I masked the ends of the divider sub assembly so I could apply glue there in the final assembly step. The sub assembly and the two ends will be fitted together as a unit inside the box. A pressure fit and a little glue secures this final assembly to the inside of the box.
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In the picture below is of the first coat of gloss lacquer that’s applied to the box and lid. I used gloss first for clarity then used satin to reduce the sheen.
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In the picture below is of the rose colored felt. I use the self-adhesive type and first applied an oversized piece to a sheet of poster board. I used patterns traced over the felt with a sharp razor blade to cut the felt to size. The patterns were cut from scrap to the exact inside dimensions of the box and tray. The divider holds down the felt to the box bottom while the felt in the tray is a pressure fit.
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Supplies Used

Behlen Solar-Lux Golden Fruitwood
Behlen Topcoat Lacquer in Gloss and Satin
Zinsser’s Bullseye SealCoat
Varathane Dark Walnut Gel Stain
Self – Adhesive Backed Felt in the color Rose
1” 95 degree stop hinges

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once





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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 09-27-2015 01:13 PM

What a beauty, Very kind of you to show the step by step!

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

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kdc68

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#2 posted 09-27-2015 01:23 PM

Thank you Douglas !.....I think it took almost as much time to create this post as it did to make the box. Your compliment is appreciated!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Ottacat

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#3 posted 09-27-2015 01:27 PM

Beautiful box that truly showcases the wood. Thanks for all the step-by-step build shots and details. This share is much appreciated.

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majuvla

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#4 posted 09-27-2015 01:33 PM

Very precise and sofisticated box. I like it’s elegance and colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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kdc68

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#5 posted 09-27-2015 01:49 PM

Thanks for the kind words Ottacat. It too is much appreciated !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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kdc68

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#6 posted 09-27-2015 01:51 PM

Thank you for the compliment Ivan. Much appreciated

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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kdc68

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#7 posted 09-27-2015 03:27 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments and favoriting this project. And thanks LJ’s for the Daily Top 3 Badge !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 09-27-2015 03:54 PM

I can see this one took some planing. Great looking and nice assembly. The colors go well together. How do you like that wolfcraft band clamp?

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

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HillbillyShooter

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#9 posted 09-27-2015 04:02 PM

Beautiful with great photographic documentation of your build process.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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kdc68

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#10 posted 09-27-2015 04:03 PM


I can see this one took some planing. Great looking and nice assembly. The colors go well together. How do you like that wolfcraft band clamp?

- doubleDD

Thanks Dave !....The wolfcraft clamp works good. You use the 90 degree blocks or just use the long strap. I think I bought it cheap from Menards

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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kdc68

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#11 posted 09-27-2015 04:08 PM

Thank you John for the compliment. The whole step by step is a bit of work in of itself. But worth it when folks like yourself take the time to comment

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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SteveGaskins

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#12 posted 09-27-2015 04:08 PM

Exceptional build. This is a very fine box, which I have added to my favorites. Your posting is the most descriptive I have read here on LJ. Congrats on both and for making the Daily Top 3.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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kdc68

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#13 posted 09-27-2015 04:30 PM

Thank you Steve ! I try to be as descriptive as I can just in case someone here wants to build a similar project. I appreciate others who also take the time to detail a project post for the same reasons…...

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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JL7

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#14 posted 09-27-2015 10:35 PM

That is a beauty and a great gift! Thanks for the project/blog.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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kdc68

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#15 posted 09-27-2015 10:38 PM

Thanks Jeff ! Your comment and compliment is appreciated !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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