Wenge' and Curly Maple Jewelry Box

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Project by RickL posted 08-15-2010 09:10 PM 4288 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just completed this commission piece for a client who had made a previous purchase. The box measures 14”w x 9”d x 6 1/2” h and is constructed from soft curly maple, also known as ambrosia maple (depending on where you are from), and wenge’ (wen-gay). The drawer liners are craft foam and worked out surprisingly well. I wanted something different than the traditional felt.
Thanks for looking.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#1 posted 08-15-2010 09:33 PM

Beautiful combination of woods. Your craft foam looks good on the interior, too. Very finely done!


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#2 posted 08-15-2010 09:45 PM

Great Job, Rick!! I like the graceful curves of the wenge in the framework…
Happy Three Year Anniversary to you too, my friend!!

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

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 09:50 PM

Hi RickL,

Great design. What kind of sliders are you using for the draws? Are the draws dovetailed? Why did you put the hinges right out at the ends of the maple?
Sorry for all the questions.

Thanks for posting jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 09:56 PM

I like it Rick very nice details.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 10:05 PM

WOW! Beautiful,..Great choice of wood too!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 11:19 PM

great design and super wood!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 08-16-2010 04:00 AM

A beautiful box and the wood selection was perfect! Good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 08-16-2010 04:30 AM

Very nice box Rick. I’m sure the owner is going to love this. Well done…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 08-16-2010 05:55 AM

Your box really looks great. What exactly is craft foam? I am not familliar with it…

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#10 posted 08-16-2010 10:59 AM

Hey Rick,
Sweet job all round…well done.

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#11 posted 08-16-2010 12:41 PM

Thanks everyone for all of the comments. Mike, was just up your way a few weeks back in Hampton at Windsor Institute taking the Sack Back class with Dunbar, hope it cooled off a little up that way. JB, nothing more on the drawers than a groove on each side and a runner inside the cabinet, no dovetails on the drawers. The position on the hinges just looked right to me at the edge of the maple, thought it gave the lid a better look, or balance because of the width vs depth. Greg, first time I saw the craft foam as well. I had stopped in Michael’s Crafts with my wife at her suggestion looking for self-adhesive felt. No luck with that, and the pieces of felt I did see weren’t wide enough and I didn’t want to piece, or seam them, in the drawers and top. Turned around in the same aisle and saw the foarm sheets. Used plain old white glue to adhere the foam. The sheets are about 1/16” to 3/32” thick.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#12 posted 08-16-2010 07:00 PM

Great lines I dig it..

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

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#13 posted 08-16-2010 10:24 PM

Love the design and beautiful wood.

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#14 posted 08-18-2010 01:07 AM


Great looking box! Love the contrast. Beautifully done they will not be disappointed!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#15 posted 08-31-2010 08:31 AM

wow, fantastic piece….

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

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