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

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Project by majeagle1 posted 10-08-2011 02:47 AM 5615 views 26 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 10-08-2011 02:53 AM

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 10-08-2011 03:08 AM

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 10-08-2011 03:09 AM

Critique and suggestions? You’re kidding , right?

These are just stunning, Gene!

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

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#4 posted 10-08-2011 03:17 AM

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

And thank you for all the great photos.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#5 posted 10-08-2011 03:48 AM

Beatiful job, design and construction.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 10-08-2011 03:56 AM

Oh my! Outstanding.

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

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#7 posted 10-08-2011 04:29 AM


-- Rustfever, Central California

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#8 posted 10-08-2011 05:03 AM

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

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#9 posted 10-08-2011 05:26 AM

Truly beautiful…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 10-08-2011 05:37 AM

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

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#11 posted 10-08-2011 05:44 AM

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 10-08-2011 05:54 AM

Gene…another gem. I admire your workmanship.

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

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#13 posted 10-08-2011 07:29 AM

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 ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#14 posted 10-08-2011 07:58 AM

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!!



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#15 posted 10-08-2011 08:00 AM

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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