Cherry Jewelry Box

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Project by lavenrw posted 758 days ago 4656 views 36 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made for a friend’s 25th wedding anniversary. I made all the drawer fronts out of the same piece of Cherry so the grain would be continuous. The mirror and hardware are from Lee Valley Tools and the small drawer pulls are just epoxied into holes in the drawer fronts. I flocked the drawers in a dark purple which shows off gold and silver jewelry very well. The dimensions are about 15”T X 11”W X 5”D and the finish is 4 coats of Tung oil and then paste wax. I didn’t actually count the number of hours it took to complete but I guess it was around 40 or 50 in total from raw wood to paste wax.

-- Woodworking - it's much cheaper than a psychiatryst!

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#1 posted 758 days ago

Nice gift idea.

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#2 posted 758 days ago

Lucky Friend! Nice job.

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#3 posted 758 days ago

This is a real nice piece and you did a fine job on it.


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#4 posted 758 days ago

Beautiful work.

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#5 posted 758 days ago

If I could do that I wouldn’t be sitting here typing right now

That looks like something my GF would show me out of a Lakeside Collection magazine

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#6 posted 758 days ago

Very nice work. Must be great to have friends like you around.

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#7 posted 758 days ago

Well done and awesome attention to details. Outstanding selection of wood also.


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#8 posted 758 days ago

This is one very lovely box. How long did you work on that?

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#9 posted 758 days ago

Nicely done!! What are the dimensions? Your own design? If not where did you get the plans? Thanks for sharing.


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#10 posted 758 days ago

That box has the authentic Art Deco look. Nice design and a wonderful gift.

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#11 posted 758 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments.

To answer your questions:
Larry, I spent about 18 hours in total on the box.

Paul, I saw the original plan in the Winter 2011 issue of Canadian Home Workshop magazine but made a number of modifications to it. It is about 16” tall by 11” wide.

-- Woodworking - it's much cheaper than a psychiatryst!

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#12 posted 757 days ago

Ray, welcome to Lumber Land. Nice job on the photographs. They are clear and well done. The uncluttered background really lets the viewer focus on your work.

I like the design and the layout of this jewelry box. It will store lots of jewelry in a variety of spaces. The front grain pattern really gives this an exceptional look. The beveled mirror and bumpers are a nice touch. And the slight bow on the front along with the fluting adds visual interest and is pleasing. The doors’ edges blend in with the fluting to add another design feature. You have included a number of subtle and clever design details in this thoughtful gift. The only problem is that now your friends will have to buy lots of jewelry to fill up this lovely jewelry case. A free case like this can cost a man lots of money.

I have one comment and a couple of questions. Comment: would you mind including the dimensions of your work? It is a big help when viewers are trying to get a proper perspective on your projects. If you wish, you can amend your posting at any time. Questions: where did you get those neat hangers for necklaces and the hinges you used? How did you make the fluting on the front sides? Is it cut in or applied?

Thanks for sharing your work with us. Keep boxing and keep posting.

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#13 posted 757 days ago

Very nice looking design. Well done!

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#14 posted 757 days ago

Big Al, thanks for all the comments. I did answer Larry and Paul’s questions but the box was about 16”” tall by 11” wide by about 5” deep. I made it a bit taller than the plans because I thought the proportions looked better. The curved front drawers were a challenge since if you mess on up you start over – or else the grain wouldn’t be continuous. I made a template jig and cut them on a tall bottom bearing router bit.
The mirror, hinges and necklace hooks (key hooks actually) all came from Lee Valley Tools. I can look up the part numbers if anyone wants them.
The fluted columns were cut on my router table with a curved V-groove bit and then hand sands to finish. I have a nice Incra Wonder Fence on my router table which lets me accurately index the bit for sequential cuts like the flutes.

Thanks everyone for this wonderful group.

-- Woodworking - it's much cheaper than a psychiatryst!

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#15 posted 757 days ago

Utterly beautiful.

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