Small Jewelry Chest

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Project by DavidH posted 08-24-2009 03:53 AM 2784 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this chest as a birthday gift for my mom, she collects buttons / pins.

The case is walnut, the drawers are soft maple with tiger maple fronts.

The case is finished with two coats of general finish’s American Classic water based die and several coats of a 2# cut of shellac

The drawer fronts are finished with a 3 to 1 mixture of general finishes Empire Red and American Classic water based dies.

A lot of firsts for me on this one, first time making my own molding, first time doing a frame and panel(back) and my first time doing a booked matched panel (back) – i almost love the back more then i do the front of this piece :)

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#1 posted 08-24-2009 03:56 AM

wow this a wonderful chest

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 08-24-2009 04:04 AM

Great looking Chest, Your mom will love it.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 08-24-2009 04:15 AM

I do love the design and the wood choices, I have to ask about the alignment of the pulls though.
could just be the pic, but it looks like they are off. if they actually are, perhaps a larger pull would make that go away.
I too love what you did with the back, the bookmatched sapwood touching is a great look.
great post.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#4 posted 08-24-2009 05:52 AM

Looks good I like the bookmatch. I am sure mom will be surprised!

-- Woodisit

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#5 posted 08-24-2009 01:10 PM

Very nice chest.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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matt garcia

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#6 posted 08-24-2009 01:18 PM

That’s a beauty David! I think the back is awesome! Great job, your mom is gonna love it!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 08-24-2009 02:53 PM

Nice piece.
Doing the bookmatch with the not so perfect pieces in the back makes them very attractive. Good eye.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 08-24-2009 02:54 PM

Really nice, clean work!

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

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#9 posted 08-24-2009 05:57 PM

This is Great! Every girls DREAM!

-- Martina, Houston, TX

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#10 posted 08-24-2009 06:05 PM

Great job!

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#11 posted 08-24-2009 06:30 PM

oh man, now my wife want something similar,
thanks for sharing, looks neat and nice,



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#12 posted 08-24-2009 08:49 PM

Very nice piece.

I have a couple of questions about the way the drawers work. When you pull a drawer out completely what stops the drawers above it from dropping down into the open space? If your answer is that the drawers cannot be completely pulled out then perhaps you can tell me what stops the drawer above it partially dropping down at the back when you almost pull out a drawer (similar to your 4th picture where one drawer looks almost fully extended).

Thx, Lloyd

-- Northern California

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#13 posted 08-24-2009 09:44 PM

Nice work David…very nice….the front looks like purpleheart (I thought it was before I read your piece)...The idea of stretching your skills is another bonus also…there will be a first time for everything…we can only learn from doing…trying…experimenting…

I bet your mother will be thrilled and excited to get such a thoughtful present….

Great job!

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#14 posted 08-25-2009 01:17 AM

thanks everyone!

JuniorJoiner – not a pic at all, the top and third drawer are off to the right a bit, i dont have a drill press and i made the mistake of marking these and then drilling i should have taken the time to build a jig that would sit over top and place them in the same spot.. lesson learned.. a bigger pull would hide the fact that they aren’t aligned perfectly a bit more I would guess.

Lloyd Davies – nothing stops the drawers from pulling all the way out, the runner system is based on one that most commercially bought jewelry boxes have and that I also saw on a project here on lumber jocks by lumberjacques, the runners are quarter inch hardwood and sit back the thickness of the applied front, the drawers run on top of the runner, but the runner above it sandwiches the drawer in tightly so that it does not tip easily, then the applied front hangs down from the bottom of the drawer a quarter of an inch to cover the runner and acts as a stop when closing the drawer; hope that answers your question.

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-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#15 posted 08-25-2009 02:27 AM

Wow I love the book match on the back. What a great design.

How big is it. I think the pictures make it look bigger than what it is

Great job

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