Hammersburg Jewelry Cabinet

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Project by fineamerican posted 11-16-2009 12:48 AM 2432 views 12 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece is a compilation of ideas, a product of lengthy dialogue, and determination. The overall end result is a stout piece featuring both domestic and exotic woods from around the world. The main body is Curly Maple, contrasted by a Wenge inlay that can be followed around the perimeter. The Cocobolo legs provide a hint of influence from the Far East, as they taper from top to bottom. When open, exposed mortice and tenon joinery ensures strength and durability. Each drawer brings out the true uniqueness of this piece with the Gaboon Ebony pulls, and inlay. The divider is dovetailed in place, and secured to the interior frame with dowels, capped off with Cocobolo plugs. The plugs came from the same piece as one of the legs. The stunning Pommelle Sapele lid is veneered over Wenge, and is secured to the body with Brusso hinges. The hinges were mortised in place by hand. In the main body a Cherry tray can be located that slides from left to right on Maple supports. Under the Cherry tray is a massive grid of Curly maple dividers. The center focal point of the Cherry tray is the Walnut divider, which was inlaid with Marblewood, with Gaboon Ebony on either side. The interior of each tray and drawer was lined in wine suede. Finally this piece was finished in a shop made Tung Oil mix that was applied by hand.


Species List-
Curly Maple/North America
Walnut/North America
Cherry/North America
Pommelle Sapele/Africa
Gaboon Ebony/Africa
Cocobolo/Central America
Marblewood/South America

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina,

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#1 posted 11-16-2009 01:03 AM

Nice work!

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#2 posted 11-16-2009 01:37 AM

woodworking, a bandaged finger, and a can of snuff. My kind of guy. Stunning project, I love the wood selection. keep up the good work.

-- RKWoods

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#3 posted 11-16-2009 02:00 AM

John, Your craftsmanship shows in every detail of your box. Beautiful combination of woods and terrific design.
Welcome to LJ’s and glad to see another LJer from SC. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to seeing more of your work.

-- John @

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#4 posted 11-16-2009 02:47 AM

what a great design. I especially like how you designed the drawers and pulls.
beautiful piece overall!

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#5 posted 11-16-2009 03:09 AM

Excellent Work, John!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 11-16-2009 05:51 AM


The problems I have that arise from my eyes are many, but … on this forum … the main issue is that I have to be SO selective about what I read, and which projects I view. I feel like I miss a million wonderful things.

But I’m so very glad to have clicked on yours.

Phenomenal job. If I showed my wife …..

Really excellent piece!

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 11-16-2009 05:59 AM

incredible!!! welcome to LJ’s…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 11-16-2009 06:24 AM

I wish I could post a 3ft tall WOW This is a spectacular piece top to bottom front to back.Outstanding woods,finish and details. A triple thumbs up.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 11-16-2009 06:26 PM


-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 11-16-2009 07:58 PM

A beautiful piece.

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

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#11 posted 11-16-2009 09:24 PM

very nicely done

-- -erik & christy-

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#12 posted 11-16-2009 09:54 PM

A truely stunning piece john

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#13 posted 11-17-2009 09:33 PM

What a great design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 12-31-2009 06:07 AM

i gots to tell ya this is one sexy piece, the top is real sweet love the pommelle over the wenge.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 01-10-2010 10:10 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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