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Project by SteveAltman posted 10-16-2018 03:55 AM 924 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a little jewelry cabinet I made during the summer. It’s made of sapele, zebrawood, boxwood, black palm and ebony. Drawers are curly maple. Lined with pig suede leather. It’s called Raising Orchids. You can read more about it at my website if you’re interested.

And, if you’re in the area, there’s a great show of all sorts of woodworking – furniture, cabinetry, turning, accessories – called the Fine Furnishings Show that will be held at the Waterfire Arts Center in Providence, RI on November 8,9,10.

Come by and say hello! Bring your family and friends! Maybe you’ll see a design you might want to copy (just please remember to attribute the design to its rightful owner.) Maybe you want to just talk about woodworking. Or maybe someone you know is looking for beautifully crafted woodwork to buy…

If you want to learn more about it here’s a link.





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#1 posted 10-16-2018 04:09 AM

Swwweeeet!
Really excellent work.

-- “Hanging onto resentment, is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.” (Ann Landers)......

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#2 posted 10-16-2018 05:15 AM

Very nice box.

I was noting your DTs they are divided, interesting touch. I also note the ones on the top, and bottom drawer have spacing unlike the others. Is that a goof, or something else? Not meant to be critical, I just noted it, and couldn’t think of a structural reason, thought I would ask. Ok, maybe I just saw the need, due to start and stop points for the drawer sides?

I spent some time on your website, so many very nice boxes, and stories with them, which make them very special.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 10-16-2018 09:31 AM

Work of art!

-- Petey

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#4 posted 10-16-2018 10:29 AM

A jewel by itself. very beautiful display of art work, Bravo, keep on making saw dust.
Thanks for showing.

-- andrek

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#5 posted 10-16-2018 10:37 AM

Steve, Great work.

Can I ask what brand of hinges are you using?

Thanks Richard

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#6 posted 10-16-2018 12:57 PM

Beautiful work. The details are amazing. I would have a hard time parting with that one.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 10-16-2018 01:30 PM

Amazing work on that one. The only problem with a jewelry box that beautiful that is that it makes the jewelry look ugly. ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#8 posted 10-16-2018 01:55 PM



Very nice box.

I was noting your DTs they are divided, interesting touch. I also note the ones on the top, and bottom drawer have spacing unlike the others. Is that a goof, or something else? Not meant to be critical, I just noted it, and couldn t think of a structural reason, thought I would ask. Ok, maybe I just saw the need, due to start and stop points for the drawer sides?

I spent some time on your website, so many very nice boxes, and stories with them, which make them very special.

Thanks for posting.

- therealSteveN

Thanks for the kind words.

Though I make lots and lots of mistakes, that particular element is not one of them. The design of this box is a little hard to describe, but here’s why the dovetails on the drawers are spaced differently:

The drawers overlay the box top and bottom, concealing the structure. To be more precise, the top of the top drawer overlays half the thickness of the top – that little one inch high piece above the top drawer overlays the other half thickness of the top – and the bottom of the bottom drawer overlays the bottom. The top is set down this way to create the compartment that is revealed when the lid is lifted.

The drawers are all side hung and do not overlay the sides, they are inset. Which means the drawers are all stopped when the rails on the inside of the cabinet (running through the slots in the drawers) reach the back of the drawer front – essentially inside the dovetail. That’s really why the dovetails are spaced as they are – the double tails are on both sides of these slots. Since the top and bottom drawer conceal structure their depth is less than the other three drawers, so I changed the size of the tails accordingly.

That probably didn’t help much…so I put some of the working drawings into a pdf which makes it all (I hope) a bit clearer:

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#9 posted 10-16-2018 02:05 PM

Wow!

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#10 posted 10-16-2018 02:06 PM


Steve, Great work.

Can I ask what brand of hinges are you using?

Thanks Richard

- rustynails

Thanks, I appreciate your comment.

Of course. Those hinges are called “smart hinges” and are a product of Andrew Crawford, the eminent boxmaker in England. They are quite beautiful, work great, and can be used in all sorts of strange ways like how I’m using them in this cabinet.

BTW, all woodworkers should be aware of the situation Andrew currently finds himself in. What happened to him is completely outrageous.

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#11 posted 10-16-2018 05:46 PM

Wow!

this one is a work of art.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#12 posted 10-16-2018 05:59 PM

Beautiful piece.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 10-16-2018 07:37 PM

wow oh wow,that is a piece of art.i really love your dovetails and also very nice pulls.a well deserved top 3.so nice to see the level of work here elevating beyond simple cutting boards.

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

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#14 posted 10-16-2018 08:49 PM

Wow nice details.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#15 posted 10-16-2018 09:06 PM

Steve, Great work.

Can I ask what brand of hinges are you using?

Thanks Richard

- rustynails

Thanks, I appreciate your comment.

Of course. Those hinges are called “smart hinges” and are a product of Andrew Crawford, the eminent boxmaker in England. They are quite beautiful, work great, and can be used in all sorts of strange ways like how I m using them in this cabinet.

BTW, all woodworkers should be aware of the situation Andrew currently finds himself in. What happened to him is completely outrageous.

- SteveAltman

Steve thanks for the reply. I have used the Smart hinge and they are top notch. It’s too bad larger companies treat and take advantage of people as they do. Let alone lie on the premise to sell.

Also if everyone sent Linly an e-mail questioning them about the hinges they may take notice … Power in numbers!

linley@davidlinley.com

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