Curly Maple Jewelry Chest

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Project by jonhodges22 posted 07-31-2009 05:40 PM 1691 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A curly maple jewelry chest I made for my wife. All of the curly maple is from one thick rough board that I purchased on eBay. I had a cabinet shop cut it down into two thinner boards on their bandsaw. The bandsaw blade rode up at the end of the board so I had to rework my design to compensate for the loss of material. I did make use of those pieces on a couple of smaller projects though, which I’ll post when I take some pictures of them. I also have some of the material left.

Once again I made use of my box joint jig and I used dowel pins and glue to attach the top and bottom to the sides.

The finish was sanded and clear lacquered and buffed with #0000 steel wool.

The drawers are lined with silk velvet.

I had intended to use an inlay kit with a router to put her initials and some other accent details on it in a contrasting wood, probably either walnut or cocobolo, maybe someday. But for now I consider it finished.

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#1 posted 07-31-2009 06:10 PM

It’s beautiful!!! Love wood grain.

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#2 posted 07-31-2009 10:42 PM

This just confirms my love of curly maple all over again.

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#3 posted 08-01-2009 02:37 AM

Beautifull jewelry box. Love the curly maple. Your wife should be very pleased. Great design. Lots of deviders is allways a pluss in drawers. Wifes usually like them a lot.

Again, Very Very nice!

Keep it up.


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#4 posted 08-01-2009 04:34 AM

Very nice a real beauty great job

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