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Figured Maple and Cherry Jewelry Box

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Project by lavenrw posted 07-31-2012 12:15 PM 2186 views 14 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a couple of these jewelry boxes. They are about 12”W X 7”T X 6”D and made from figured maple with Cherry drawer fronts. I bookmatched the two boards for the top (and bottom) which made an interesting pattern. It almost looks like water tumbling over small rocks. The drawers are flocked with dark brown felt. The hardest part was getting the curved drawer pulls just right and inserting them in the cherry drawer fronts. I sanded the top to 240 grit and then polished it with 0000 steel wool soaked in Tung oil (my favorite finish). After 4 more coats of Tung oil I put on a final polish of past wax and buffed it with a wool buffer in my drill press. This really brought out the depth of the pattern in the maple.

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





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#1 posted 07-31-2012 12:29 PM

whoa!!!! I ve never seen a piece of maple look like that. You brought out every last detail in the wood with the finish. Killer piece. Ive got to know what you used and the methods to finish it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 01:50 PM

Thanks very much crisstef. I updated the description to include the sanding and finishing steps to the box.
Ray

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

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#3 posted 07-31-2012 02:22 PM

What a stunning box, I love the design of the handles and the wood choice.

A true craftsman at work here.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association http://www.fwwa.org.au/index.htm

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#4 posted 07-31-2012 02:28 PM

Thanks for the edit Ray … once again, super job.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 07-31-2012 02:29 PM

Very interesting design… you’re right about the figure looking like water over rocks. Nicely done

-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#6 posted 07-31-2012 02:49 PM

Your box really looks great…! You did a fantastic job and the finish really brings out the wood grain.
I have alot of tiger maple but cannot ever seem to find a piece of quilted maple…especially a piece that looks that nice.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#7 posted 07-31-2012 02:57 PM

Beautiful. Your excellent craftsmanship is evident, but the star of the show is the maple…..as it should be.

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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#8 posted 07-31-2012 03:03 PM

Wow that’s some amazing wood and a fine box,very very nice.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 07-31-2012 03:05 PM

Wow! That figure just jumps off the screen. I wish I could see it in person. The design is really great too, keeping with the water motif. Very inspiring work!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#10 posted 07-31-2012 03:44 PM

Very nice design and the figured maple board is really marvelous that not many woodworkers have the opportunity to have it except in form of veneer.
Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 07-31-2012 03:45 PM

That is a real eye popper.
Welcome to lumberjocks and keep posting your pieces.
This one reminds me of an iced cake…... maybe I’m just hungry.
The figured maple is just gorgeous.

Good work!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#12 posted 07-31-2012 04:20 PM

Absolutely georgous. I’m a box builder as well so I really can appreciate what you’ve done here. Thanks very much for sharing.

-- What you listen to is your business...what you hear is ours.

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#13 posted 07-31-2012 06:06 PM

glorious wood..very neat box

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#14 posted 07-31-2012 06:08 PM

Awesome figure and nice design! I usually only see figure like that on a guitar.

-- Tobes, AZ

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#15 posted 07-31-2012 06:42 PM

Thanks for the kind comments. I had that figured board for quite a while and knew that it needed a project like this to really show it off. I’m glad it turned out so well.

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

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