Marquetry Jewelry Box

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Project by mauibob posted 06-16-2016 11:54 AM 2299 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelry box was commissioned by a friend as a gift for his wife. The box itself is made from solid figured walnut with poplar as a secondary wood. The top and drawer fronts were veneered in burl walnut, and the marquetry design was constructed from sand shaded holly and dyed koto veneers. The top itself was veneered onto birch ply to prevent any future cupping. Overall dimensions are 11 1/2 W x 9 D x 7 3/4” H.

The box sides were book matched to provide a more pleasing look. Hand cut dovetails were used for the drawers. Most of the construction used loose tenons for joinery. The finish was 5 coats of tung oil followed by a paste wax application.

Hinges and knobs are in solid brass (Brusso JB-101 stop hinges and MC-428 decorative cabinet knobs). I particularly liked the Brusso knobs as they are fabricated with a 3/16” x 3/16” round tenon obviating the need to drill a hole completely through the drawer front.

The trays are removable and reconfigurable since I find it impossible to guess how someone will use a jewelry box!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#1 posted 06-16-2016 01:22 PM

This box is beautiful. I love the marquetry design and the sand shading adds that touch of elegance of 3-D. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#2 posted 06-16-2016 01:23 PM

That is one beautiful piece of work. I really like the bookmatched top.

-- Andy Smith

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#3 posted 06-16-2016 01:43 PM

Fantastic job Bob! I really like the overall aesthetics and the marquetry is first class.

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#4 posted 06-16-2016 01:45 PM

Nice and precise Bob. I like the subtle match in the burl and the dovetails Are very attractive as well.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 06-16-2016 02:05 PM

Outstanding job! The burl really sets off the marquetry and works well with the figured walnut. Love the hand cut dovetails.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 06-16-2016 02:39 PM

Nice one Bob. Nice indeed.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 06-16-2016 02:58 PM

WOW does not seem to be enough. So many details to compliment. Very nice.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#8 posted 06-16-2016 03:06 PM


-- Tim

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#9 posted 06-16-2016 03:23 PM

Your friends wife must certainly love this box. You created a fantastic piece.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#10 posted 06-16-2016 04:05 PM

Very Nice!

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#11 posted 06-16-2016 04:27 PM

great work

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#12 posted 06-16-2016 05:28 PM

Very nice.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#13 posted 06-16-2016 05:57 PM

Absolutely lovely, I’m sure this will be treasured for a very long time.

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#14 posted 06-16-2016 06:53 PM

Bob, this box is so beautiful and it displays very nice craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 06-16-2016 11:40 PM

Absolutely beautiful jewelry box! I like the marguetry, and love that burl walnut! I’m sure she’s going to love it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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