Jewelry Box with an Asian Look

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Project by Gregg M. posted 08-17-2016 04:12 PM 1795 views 12 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a customized jewelry box I made for a customer who wanted an Asian look. I talked them out of rosewood and into African Padauk. I didn’t think they really wanted to pay for what it would cost to make it out of rosewood. I bought a good sized board of 8/4 padauk and resawed it to get a combination of flat sawn and quarter sawn boards. I resawed the quater sawn pieces and bookmatched them to get a get a very straight up and down grain for the top, sides, back and insides. The front of the box uses the plain sawn pieces. The drawers sides, backs and dividers are made out of ash. The insides of the drawers are filled with a piece of foam board that has a felt like material hot glued onto it. These inserts can be removed or switched out with another color/type of material and provide a soft surface for jewelry. The drawer runners are made from hard maple. The box was finished with 5 coats of clear shellac and three coats of General Finishes Arm-A-Seal satin.

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA -

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#1 posted 08-17-2016 05:32 PM

Very well done, Just finished working with Padauk yesterday. I’m sure they were really happy.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-17-2016 08:28 PM

Nice work Gregg!

That is a nice, classic style of box, I see you’ve made it with a variety of woods. It sure lends itself to using finely figured stock and color combinations.

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#3 posted 08-17-2016 08:37 PM

Gregg, this is a beautiful piece. It’s nicely designed and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 08-17-2016 09:30 PM

Very nice work. I am sure your customer will be more than pleased.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 08-17-2016 11:12 PM

Very nice job. Finish looks great.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 08-17-2016 11:27 PM

let me just say WOW and leave it at that.a+

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 08-17-2016 11:45 PM

Very nice Gregg
Beautiful wood and well positioned giving the box a superior look .
Fine craftsmanship and finish .

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 08-17-2016 11:55 PM

gorgeous piece of work you’ve created here… well done!!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#9 posted 08-18-2016 02:08 AM

Well thought out and well executed. A true example of craftsmanship !

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#10 posted 08-18-2016 03:38 AM

Man that is a beautiful jewelry box! That Padauk is gorgeous, and I really like the Asian flair of it!

Looks like it has a lot of great storage, so I’m sure she’ll have plenty of room for her special things.

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

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#11 posted 08-18-2016 10:37 AM

Looks very nice.


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#12 posted 08-18-2016 02:46 PM

Beautiful wood and execution.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#13 posted 08-18-2016 04:38 PM

That’s really beautiful.

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#14 posted 08-18-2016 07:54 PM

Ditto all those above. Th wood is spectacular and the curved drawer fronts is a nice touch.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#15 posted 08-18-2016 08:03 PM

Beautiful! I am working on a project now with Padauk and it is a pain with all that reversing grain. That turned out great! They will love it!

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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