Walnut veneered silverware chest

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Project by dclark1943 posted 07-20-2012 02:28 PM 3856 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good Morning all you “jocks” out there! Thought I would share my latest project with you this morning. This box is on it’s way to Greenwich Connecticut as we speak; and I hope that Fed Ex will top load it : ) A commission from a nice lady out east, this box will be home to antique fruit forks and knives. The center space is for special silver cheese utensils, a cleaver, a knife and a server. the box itself is 1/2” baltic birch, except for the bottom which is 1/2” walnut veneered trupan. The corner joints are rabbeted, and the top is “let” into a 1/2 by 1/4 rabbet as well. The bottom is captured in a 3/8” groove. The top was then separated, and the veneering began. edges, vertical surfaces and last the top. The next step was the 3/16×3/16 walnut straight grain edge banding around all the outside edges/corners. The top was inlaid with a nice 3/16 band of Wenge, and then the whole thing was ”hand”sanded ! (I was afraid of sanding through the veneer with my power sanders, so we did it the old fashioned way,) The problem was the drops of sweat would raise the grain : ). So if this box is veneered how was the finger recess done you ask ?
I used a large forstner bit to drill a hole in the baltic birch prior to veneering, then filled that void with a plug of burl walnut, so when the recess was milled, the solid burl showed through. the interior has a 1/8” sycamore side liner and the rest of the interior is lined with dusky blue butter suede. Danish oil and quadrant hinges completed the picture. thanks for letting me share, and its back to the shop for the next project.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#1 posted 07-20-2012 02:38 PM

It’s a beautiful piece… Excellent choices, planning, and execution… I’m not sure I completely followed the construction techniques you used. Do you vacuum veneer?

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#2 posted 07-20-2012 02:48 PM

Sandy, no I used cauls and c clamps to squeeze it. I am in the process of building a vacuum press from Joe woodworker – - the venturi model.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#3 posted 07-20-2012 02:49 PM

Great job! This box has a very elegant, rich look to it.

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#4 posted 07-20-2012 03:03 PM

having actually seen and held this box during my recent visit to Daves shop, I can say first hand that these pictures DO NOT do this box justice. This box was just beautiful, form, fit and finish were all fantastic, this is truely a top notch piece.

Also, he neglected to give us any photos showing off the fine job he did on the 3 way miters for the trim pieces

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#5 posted 07-20-2012 03:11 PM


This is splendid work. Veneer allows such wonderful grain patterns and takes such patience. What a nice explanation of the building process. The plug for the lift was an especially good idea. Thanks for sharing this with us. It is beautiful.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 07-20-2012 04:07 PM

Very nicely done. I also appreciate all the extras you have shared.

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

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#7 posted 07-20-2012 04:14 PM

nicely done!!

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#8 posted 07-20-2012 04:33 PM

As always, tremendous job and outstanding work! You are truly a very fine craftsman.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 07-20-2012 04:42 PM

Very handsome !

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

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#10 posted 07-20-2012 05:15 PM

Very nice!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#11 posted 07-20-2012 06:34 PM

Wow, that is a beautiful box. The finger recess turned out perfect and who doesn’t love quartersawn sycamore. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#12 posted 07-20-2012 06:52 PM

Brilliant work!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#13 posted 07-20-2012 07:21 PM

Very nice indeed! I love the lift treatment. The quadrant side rail hinges look perfect, and the banding is right on the money for this box. Edging the box with walnut is another great, subtle touch. My compliments.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#14 posted 07-20-2012 09:17 PM

Roger, thanks for the kind words, It was another learning experience : ) I have several more commissions to work through, then I am itching to try Andrew Crawford’s Jewelry box in Burr Veneer; featured on page 82 in his Book of Boxes, I think I may be calling on you for, if nothing else moral support.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#15 posted 07-20-2012 09:35 PM

That is a beautiful box. Thanks for the explanation and tip about the finger recess. That is a great idea.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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