|Project by Dave Owen||posted 12-27-2011 05:11 PM||1882 views||14 times favorited||13 comments|
This is a jewelry chest I made for my daughter-in-law. The plan is from “Wood Magazine”, and the wood is Philippine mahogany having a fairly unusual grain. I managed to find enough similar color and grain in a half-dozen or so ‘shorts’ I’ve had for a number of years. Since there are several differences from the original plan, I’ll note them below.
The most obvious difference is that the original plan called for a book-matched door. That would have been beautiful, but since I had nothing suitable for that, a friend carved the initial in my one-piece door with his CNC router. When the initial didn’t have as much contrast with the door as I had hoped, I used Cordovan shoe polish to ‘snap it out’.
Many table-top items like this chest are placed with a mirror behind them, so I changed the back design to make it a little more presentable.
Rather than reduce the door height for clearance, as originally called for, I decided to insert ‘spacers’ between the main body and the top and bottom pieces.
I wanted to minimize the look of the door ‘catch’, so I decided to try a pair of 1/8” x ¼” rare earth magnets. This was one of those times when an experiment worked out well. One of the magnets can be seen in the photo of the necklace retainers; the other in the photo of the open drawers.
Finally, all hardware is different. I used Soss ‘invisible hinges’, rather than butt hinges, and Brusso hanging pins and drawer pulls. The necklace retainers were originally brass bars, rather than the wood strips I used.
The finish (which doesn’t show well in the photos) is several coats of wipe-on Poly.
-- Dave O.