Hammersburg Jewelry Cabinet

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Project by fineamerican posted 1739 days ago 2206 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 1739 days ago

Nice work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 1739 days ago

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 1739 days ago

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 1739 days ago

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

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#5 posted 1739 days ago

Excellent Work, John!

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

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#6 posted 1739 days ago


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 1739 days ago

incredible!!! welcome to LJ’s…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 1739 days ago

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 1739 days ago


-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 1739 days ago

A beautiful piece.

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

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#11 posted 1739 days ago

very nicely done

-- -erik & christy-

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#12 posted 1739 days ago

A truely stunning piece john

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

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#13 posted 1738 days ago

What a great design

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

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#14 posted 1694 days ago

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 1683 days ago

Beautiful work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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