seven jewelry chests

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Project by Jake Brain posted 10-27-2010 03:29 AM 2185 views 15 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was working on treasure or keepsake boxes for my 9 grandchildren when one of my daughters-in-law saw them and said that if I was looking for something to work on she really would like a jewelry chest. So I said that I would and then I remembered that I had 4 daughters-in-law so I better make at least 4, well if I make 4 it is just as easy to make 7.

I used soft maple and cherry for the box sides and the top were either maple or cherry with African Padauk inlay borders. The trays were made from Honduras mahogany that I had kept for 40 years for a special project.

Box size 12” wide x 9”deep x 7 ¼” high
3 coats of M. L. Campbell – Krystal – A clear, post-catalyzed conversion varnish which is a non-yellowing, water white formula

Box sides made from a single board assuring perfect color and matching wood grain as its wrapped around the face of each box matching the grain at each corner.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 03:31 AM

Fantastic Job!
Fantastic Job!
Fantastic Job!
Fantastic Job!
Fantastic Job!
Fantastic Job!
Fantastic Job!

I think that was seven of them….... Very nice design – they will be valued for many years to come!


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#2 posted 10-27-2010 03:38 AM

Wow! These are really wonderful. Excellent work!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 04:40 AM

Very Beautiful! I am sure you have some happy daughter-in-laws! Great craftsmanship. Thank you for posting them.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 04:44 AM

Outstanding X 7!

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 04:55 AM

Excellent work! Love all the details

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#6 posted 10-27-2010 05:00 AM

I know your going to make some happy family members, nice work on all seven…BC

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#7 posted 10-27-2010 06:34 AM

Very, very nice Jake…...... love the wood combinations and the spline corners and the detailed center piece for the tops. Great job on the quadrant hinges as well.

You must now be the hero 9 times over, + another 7 ….... WOW !!!!

Welcome to LJ’s and keep the beautiful project coming our way…..........

Curious, what are the dimensions of these boxes and what type of finish?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 06:40 AM

That is some serious box making! So. # unclaimed. Probably not for long. Thanks for posting. I’m looking forward to seeing future projects.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#9 posted 10-27-2010 07:16 AM

Welcome to lumberjocks
Excellent chests x7, beautiful details, wood choices and fine craftsmanship
Love it!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#10 posted 10-27-2010 11:02 AM

Nice work. I admire your tenacity. I very much doubt I could muster the focus to make seven of anything. :-)
Your wood selection, design, and craftsmanship are all admirable. Don’t stop making boxes!

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

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#11 posted 10-27-2010 11:06 AM

Beautiful pieces Jake. Wonderful wood combinations and terrific detail work. I’m sure your daughter-in-laws were very happy. Thanks for sharing these with us… and welcome to LJ’s! Look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#12 posted 10-27-2010 11:29 AM

A regular Pleiades’s of boxes, my Friend!!
Stellar Details on all of these, Jake!! Thanks for sharing them and welcome to LJ’s!!

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

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#13 posted 10-27-2010 11:43 AM

Wow x7!
Really nice.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#14 posted 10-27-2010 12:41 PM

I have got to learn how to do drawers!!!! Beautiful.

-- curious woodworker

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#15 posted 10-27-2010 01:32 PM

These are absolutely georgeous! The wood combos are fantastic. Great craftsmanship!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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