|Project by cathyb||posted 05-10-2012 03:37 AM||2396 views||9 times favorited||32 comments|
This jewelry box was a commission for Mother’s Day. I wanted to make a unique but practical box. The construction was a bit tricky. I glued a 1/2” piece of curly koa to the face pieces of each board prior to the construction of the boxes. I made the bottom box with standard miter joints and the next day added the inlay. I also cut the dados for the sides and back of the next box. You might note that the boxes shared a wall. The top of the bottom box was the bottom of the next box, and so on… I repeated that process for all five boxes. Cutting the dados got trickier with each box. Patience is key!
The drawers are made of tropical ash, just 5/16” thick. The dividers are also ash though a bit thinner. I selected ash because of it’s strength and flexibility. In my opinion, it is a great wood that doesn’t get enough credit for what it can add for a piece. In addition to cutting the dividers, I also shaped them with a scalloped edge for looks and function. You have to get your fingers into those spaces!
The piece stands 13” tall by 13” wide by 9 1/2” deep. The steps are a one inch indent on each box to create the steps. It took a long time to make this box, because of all the waiting between steps. I really like and someday I will do a variation on this theme.
-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com