A Set - Curly Maple & Walnut Jewelry Box and Matching Valet

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Project by majeagle1 posted 1049 days ago 3130 views 23 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a commission that I just completed for a client on the east coast. She wanted a 2 drawer jewelry box and a matching valet. The only catch was, she wanted both the top and the drawers to be locked…... After thinking for awhile, and then of course going to all my friends on LJ’s, I decided I would attempt to do a box similar to the one that Ian Hawthorne did. Walnut Jewelry Box with concealed drawers.

With some tips from Ian himself….. ( Thank you ever so much Ian ! ), I finally completed it and am very happy with it.

More pics of the Jewelry Box details and of the Valet are imbedded within…...

The Jewelry box is 2 drawers with a drop down front. A solid brass full mortise lock in installed with an in-layed escutcheon of Claro Walnut and Curly Maple surrounding it. The drawers are Curly Maple with Claro Walnut dividers and both the top tray and the drawers are lined with Ultra Suede and are padded with a thin dense foam.

The Valet is basically the same except there was no lock needed on this one so it is more of my regular style, but follows the same theme as the JB. The top tray divider for change and small items slides back and forth to allow various sized items to fit on either side.

This was a lot of fun to build and a challenge as well because this is the first “lock” that I ever installed and also the first inlay like this. The mitered border around the inlay was fun indeed !

Finish was of course Danish Oil and Black Bison Wax…...

More pics …...





More pics of the Valet





As always, critique and suggestions always welcome…....

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#1 posted 1049 days ago

beautiful set. fantastic job on the accents and colors

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 1049 days ago

A lovely pair indeed. Striking wood selection and your craftsmanship is always superb. I particularly like the lock escutcheon and the lift details – repeating the dark wood from the lid. The lock you chose is a favorite of mine, and looks perfect. Nice work all round.

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

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#3 posted 1049 days ago

Critique and suggestions? You’re kidding , right?

These are just stunning, Gene!

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

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#4 posted 1049 days ago

Those two pieces are absolutely gorgeous, both inside and out. The details are amazing.

And thank you for all the great photos.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 1049 days ago

Beatiful job, design and construction.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 1049 days ago

Oh my! Outstanding.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 1049 days ago


-- Rustfever, Central California

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#8 posted 1048 days ago

Don’t fix ‘em. They ain’t broke. I agree with Charlie. Wow.

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#9 posted 1048 days ago

Truly beautiful…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#10 posted 1048 days ago

Gene…I will definitely add my wow to the comments. Great job and a beautiful set of boxes.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#11 posted 1048 days ago

Speechless….so much detail….even the screw slots are facing the same direction. That one is a winner.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#12 posted 1048 days ago

Gene…another gem. I admire your workmanship.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#13 posted 1048 days ago

Better late than never Gene. Now that I’m here it was worth the wait. I am in full agreement with the Wows and the Superbs. A truly sweet matching set with just the right amount of fine detail and of course excellent craftsmanship.

Great work and a fine post. Thank you for this.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#14 posted 1048 days ago

Gene what can I say but excellent work with some very fine details.

I do like the level of decoration very clean and very well balanced.

Great job!!



-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge!

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RS Woodworks

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#15 posted 1048 days ago

Very very nice! Added to my favorites.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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