Pennsylvania Spice Box for Mom

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Project by SPHinTampa posted 06-30-2012 04:25 PM 3818 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using plans from Fine Wood Working, I built a gift for a special lady – my mom. The full blog of it's construction is also on lumber jocks.

It is built using Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry) for the body, curly maple for the interior, popular for the secondary wood and Amboyna Burl veneer for the door panel.

Construction details include:

- Veneered frame and panel door with mortise and loose tenon joints (details here)
- MCLS thru dovetail template for the case work (details here)
- Incra jig for drawer dovetails (details here)
- Custom moulding nailed to case (details here)
- Scroll cut feet (details here)

Case has a false back with two secret compartments … one hidden the upper molding and one concealed drawer at the back. False back is accessed by pulling out the lower drawer, using interior handle to slide panel up and tiliting panel out to clear bottom groove.

It is finished with tung oil.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#1 posted 06-30-2012 04:52 PM

Beautiful. A true heirloom quality piece of work.

-- "We don't make mistakes here, we only have happy little accidents." - Bob Ross

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#2 posted 06-30-2012 06:29 PM

Beautiful piece of furniture. And a special gift to the first lady in your life.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 06-30-2012 06:37 PM

This is a beautiful piece. Congratulations on a job well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 06-30-2012 06:56 PM

This is the nicest one that I’ve seen.

Glad you chose to show the wood on the door

Your Mom must be fair pleased

I would love one for Tea.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 06-30-2012 07:33 PM

Nice job ! I love the front panel.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 07-01-2012 01:35 AM

The contrasting colors in this really are fantastic. Is that dye or stain? Thnx in advance

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 07-01-2012 02:16 AM

I used trans tint dye to “pop” the grain. Not sure that I love the effect … there is more detail in part 9 of the blog.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#8 posted 07-01-2012 04:09 AM

That’s beautiful. I really enjoy the contrasting woods also. Thanks for sharing.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#9 posted 07-01-2012 02:02 PM

Very nice!! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#10 posted 07-01-2012 02:06 PM

Great job on a classic piece, Done with fine craftsmanship and style, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#11 posted 07-01-2012 11:16 PM

Just gorgeous project, very well done.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#12 posted 07-02-2012 11:48 AM

I have always loved these since I first learned about them years ago. I love how you also put in the secret compartments (which is how most of them where built years & years ago). I’m sure you Mom loves this jewel… Very well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 11-07-2012 05:10 PM

Very Beautiful….. Love the color combo….. I bet your Mom was shocked…...

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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