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Walnut Spice Chest/ Jewelry Chest

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Project by BMaloney posted 02-12-2017 10:24 PM 1329 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always wanted to build a Bonnet Top Secretary, but the ceilings in my house are only 8 foot. I enjoy building Spice Chests, so I figured I would try to build a Bonnet Top Spice Chest. The walnut is all air dried that I got from a local guy that sawed it himself. The drawer front were resawed from an 8/4 piece of quatersawn Tiger Maple. I made the bonnet from 5 layers of veneer to make about 1/8th thickness. Made a couple of jigs and after a couple of implosions made the top with a vacuum bag. I hadn’t turned anything since middle school and have never carved anything. Of course it has a couple of secret compartments. They make the project more fun. I want to thank Charles Neil and his Mastering Woodworking site because that is where I got the idea and inspiration to start building Spice Chests. I think now I will attempt the Secretary. Just scale it down a little so it looks better in my house.





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#1 posted 02-12-2017 10:44 PM

That is very nice. You did a GREAT job !!

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#2 posted 02-12-2017 11:08 PM

Now this is truly beautiful. Great job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 02-12-2017 11:26 PM

That’s a very fine looking Bonnet Top Spice Chest! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 02-12-2017 11:28 PM

Mighty fine work and with the great grain combo you raised the bar quit high for us mortals.

Most excellent work.

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#5 posted 02-13-2017 01:00 AM

Truly beautiful in every way.

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#6 posted 02-13-2017 01:12 AM

+3 on a beautiful piece.

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#7 posted 02-13-2017 01:26 AM

Stunning.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 02-13-2017 02:53 AM

+4 on a beautiful piece!

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#9 posted 02-13-2017 04:35 AM

Nice! You haven’t carved much, and you made the rosettes out of walnut? That couldn’t have been all that much fun, but you did a great job!

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#10 posted 02-13-2017 05:00 AM

Wow that was masterfully done. The wood pairing and the finish are perfect.

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#11 posted 02-13-2017 06:03 AM

Stunning

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#12 posted 02-13-2017 11:53 AM

Wow! This is an extraordinary piece of work. It so nicely displays a lot of fine details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#13 posted 02-13-2017 04:33 PM

beautiful

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#14 posted 02-13-2017 05:52 PM

Beautiful, beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

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#15 posted 10-21-2017 01:50 PM

Have to say I absolutely love this piece.
Still cannot quite wrap my head around how to do goose neck mouldings though?? They seem quite the mystery. But I’ll figure it out.
Great work and very nicely done.
Lee

-- Lee

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