|Project by Lenny||posted 04-13-2011 01:58 AM||2634 views||10 times favorited||34 comments|
This is a build of an apparently popular jewelry box from the Dec. 2009/Jan. 2010 issue of Wood magazine. This is a gift for a person who makes my wife’s often stressful job considerably less so by taking actions on her behalf and also for demonstrating understanding and caring. My wife raves about her all the time and I thought I would show my appreciation by making this gift for her.
I have seen several of these posted on LJ. The plans call for bird’s eye maple and cherry as the wood species. I opted for tiger maple and cherry. I also modified the design a bit. The curves of the top and bottom and drawer fronts are what capture the eye in this piece. The curves on the original were asymmetrical and I didn’t care for that design. I designed the top and bottom with three symmetrical curves and repeated this on the draw fronts. When it came to the draw pulls, I wavered between following the profile of the draw front or using one of the patterns in the plans. I opted for the plan pattern since I found it to provide more visual interest. As recommended in the plans, I cut the three draw fronts from the same cherry board to get a continuous grain flow across the front of the unit.
The construction is pretty basic with dadoes and rabbets joining the top/bottom, sides and Baltic birch back. The top two drawers ride on tiger maple runners that sit in dadoes let into the sides. The bottom drawer rides on the bottom. I placed slick/slippery tape on the underside of the bottom draw and on the runners. A ¼” blade in my bandsaw handled the cutting of the curves and I used my bench oscillating spindle sander to clean up the cuts. Adhesive backed felt was used on the draw bottoms.
The finish is 3 coats of Minwax wipe-on satin polyurethane sanded with #0000 steel wool in between coats and one coat of Minwax paste wax.
To use today’s parlance, I’d like to give a shout out to Ellen35 (Ellen), moonls (Lorna) and HarlySoftailDeuce (Paul) for their help in completing this project. Besides allowing me to bounce questions off them and offering their opinion on design changes, we formed an assembly line one day at Ellen’s as we used her drum sander to bring the draw pulls down to the required 1/8”. I’d also like to acknowledge Gerry, another LJ who also built this jewelry box. I contacted Gerry with a few questions on his build and he was very responsive. Thanks for looking.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI