Amber's Jewelry Box

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Project by cdarney posted 02-26-2012 12:36 PM 2652 views 30 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this jewelry box for my daughter as a sort of wedding gift. Unfortunately it was almost a year late. The box was spice box inspired and made out of cherry and walnut with Birdseye maple drawer fronts. It’s about 24 inches high by 12 inches or so wide and deep. The top and bottom of the box have hidden areas accessible by removing the top and/or bottom drawers. All of the drawers have hand-cut dovetails – I think that took as much time as the rest of the box! (My wife told me to get a dovetail jig after she saw how much time it took me)

The cherry panels were a little tricky because I didn’t have a thickness planer at the time. I had to do quite a bit of hand work to get them to the right thickness.

The finish is multiple coats of shellac and paste wax. The BE drawer fronts were dyed lightly with Trans Tint to bring out the “eyes”. It worked.

Now it’s up to my son-in-law to fill appropriately.

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#1 posted 02-26-2012 01:06 PM

Very nice. I like your choice of woods. And doing the work with hand planes will make it all the more enjoyable to view. You have great talent.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#2 posted 02-26-2012 01:09 PM

Splendid workmanship! A wedding present that will be treasured. Worth the wait.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 02-26-2012 02:16 PM

beautiful work, I have been sketching a spice box style jewelery box for my wife. I was planning hinged side doors for necklaces but I like your deeeeep drawers for necklaces. thanks for posting

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#4 posted 02-26-2012 02:22 PM

Fantastic piece! Very well done…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 02-26-2012 02:43 PM

Sper looking, a treasure for sure.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 02-26-2012 03:13 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship, I love the contrasting woods.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 02-26-2012 04:58 PM

This is a outstanding piece ,such amazing focus on detail. I know your daughter loves it and will treat it as a family

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 02-26-2012 05:51 PM

Looks great! Hopefully your son in law has deep pockets to fill all those drawers.

-- Brian

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#9 posted 02-26-2012 06:40 PM

That is such a cool design. Great job. A lot of work went in to that.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 02-26-2012 06:56 PM

nice. well made. what are the feet made out of?

-- Jim in Va

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#11 posted 02-26-2012 10:09 PM

That has got to be one of the best looking jewelry boxes I’ve seen on this site!

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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#12 posted 02-26-2012 10:52 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments

The feet and the drawer pulls came from Lee Valley. They’re all brass and they use the only screws in the piece. They have lots of nice hardware for boxes like this.

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#13 posted 02-27-2012 12:53 AM

Man, I love the drawer arrangement!!! Great job

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#14 posted 02-27-2012 01:45 AM

that is a beautiful jewelry cabinet! Probably my favorite I’ve seen on here!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#15 posted 02-27-2012 03:59 AM

“Now it’s up to my son-in-law to fill appropriately.” Ha!

Great drawer arrangement. “Symmetric by rotation”, a mathematician might say.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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