Cherry and Maple Jewelry box

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Project by poospleasures posted 07-04-2018 11:37 PM 697 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had some folks who want a mid line jewelry box which is very nice and serviceable but not too expensive. I thought this one would fill that request. This box is cherry with maple trays and accents. It is 5” high X 11 1/2” wide X 8 1/2” deep. The quadrant hinges look really good but as always PITA to install. The lower section is divided into six sections and supports the upper two trays which are divided and have ring bars in one of them. The mirror in its frame is inset into the bottom of the top. Top panel is a sculptured and is loose fitted into the top frame. Dovetail keys make the mitered corners very strong. The upper keys are more shallow in order to not get into the mortise which the hinge stays must fall into. The box sets on black painted feet which are set back and it just seems to float. Questions and comments welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#1 posted 07-05-2018 12:25 AM

Very pretty, Vernon! I especially like the dovetail keys and the disappearing feet.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 07-05-2018 12:45 AM

A very well done project.

The mirrored top is a bonus feature to add even more appeal.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 07-05-2018 01:52 AM

Really very beautiful, you’ve really upped your game. Nicely Done!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 07-05-2018 02:11 AM

Beautiful box, Vernon….......................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-05-2018 02:12 AM

Some really nice features that you know I’ll copy in my next boxes.
really like the bottom divider/supports, actually all of your features are top notch, well thought out and very well executed.
Pretty sure I’ll never catch up with you and your talent

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 07-05-2018 02:50 AM

Sweet box Vernon. I agree totally, quadrant hinges are beautiful but I have problems with them too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 07-05-2018 03:00 AM

Nice looking box. The mirror is a great finishing touch!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 07-05-2018 03:51 AM

Very Nice and Well Done!


-- (Rick S.)... "Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!"

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#9 posted 07-05-2018 03:54 AM

Very nice box. I like the dovetails and the quadrant hinges. The two contrasting woods made the trays stand out nicely. I have a question about the quadrant hinges, do you use a jig to install them and is it difficult to do? They look great, the whole box looks great. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#10 posted 07-05-2018 06:21 AM

That’s a handsomely made box.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 07-05-2018 10:57 AM

For just being “mid line” that is one fine looking jewelry box with your thoughtful design and excellent craftsmanship.

Initially I was wondering how you were able to make dovetail joints with the exposed maple but then I re-read your post and realized how it was done. The recessed feet are a nice touch as well. As the cherry darkens the contrast with the maple will stand out even more.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#12 posted 07-05-2018 11:11 AM

Vernon, that is one remarkable jewelry box. The detail you put into this puts it over the top! 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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#13 posted 07-05-2018 01:26 PM

Great details Vernon! I’m drawn to the inset mirror, I’ve always tried to fully frame them with the lid, but with the mirror and a backer board that makes the top panel, it all gets a little thick, making the lid too thick. That inset mirror fixes that issue perfectly!.

I agree with the comments on the DT splines, nice touches.

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#14 posted 07-05-2018 02:43 PM

what a great looking box … love the cherry maple combo … GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#15 posted 07-05-2018 03:23 PM

This is a beautiful box and so nicely done. It has some outstanding craftsmanship.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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