Jewelry Chest for my Daughter's Birthday

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Project by Siegel_KenEvil posted 08-06-2012 04:18 PM 3105 views 24 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The plans for this jewelry chest were from Woodcraft magazine Vol. 8/No. 44 Dec/Jan 12. That particular issue was loaded with great projects. I also made the “Magic Coin Bank” from it.

Maybe someone can help me out identifying the wood used for the dividers. I purchased it as a $2/pound cutt-off from Woodcraft. The associate there guessed it may be bubinga. It came out orange/red after the lacquer was applied. The rest of the box is walnut and I think cherry.

This project was a great opportunity to purchase some cool accessories. I went to performance line tool to get a router bit for the “V” grooves in the tray sides. I was wondering if they had a table-saw moulder that would work and like magic, it was the first thing I saw when I entered the store. They were offering a Magic Moulder with a set of cutters for $125. I looked it up and it got great reviews and usually sells for around $300 for the set-up. I jumped on it. Yeah! With the money I “saved”, I bought a forest woodworker II think kerf blade. Yeah! I also bought a Stanley Sweetheart Low-angle Jack Plane. It work so much better than my tuned-up hand me downs that I ended up buying all four of the sweethearts. So, I think this project cost me right around $700. I think I’m getting more out of this project than my daughter is.

-- Scott

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 04:25 PM

Interesting design ,especially the drawer slides ! That orange/red wood may be padauk but I am guessing here.

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 04:28 PM


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#3 posted 08-06-2012 04:46 PM

That’s a wow! piece of work. Your materials choice and eye for construction make this a great piece. I envy your budget! LOL!

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#4 posted 08-06-2012 04:53 PM

Nice, very nice!

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#5 posted 08-07-2012 12:57 AM

Scott, that’s a gorgeous chest!!


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#6 posted 08-07-2012 01:03 AM

Very cool extra nice work.

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#7 posted 08-07-2012 01:09 AM

OOOO That is sharp. Nicely done :-)


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#8 posted 08-07-2012 01:44 AM

Thanks for all the compliments.

-- Scott

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#9 posted 08-07-2012 01:55 AM

Really nice job on this one. I like the contrasting woods a lot but love the drawer slides.

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#10 posted 08-07-2012 03:34 AM

Fabulous work on an interesting design. Love the story on “Compensatory Cash Flow”: The money we “save” buying something on sale is money we have “earned” to spend on something else!

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#11 posted 08-07-2012 03:47 AM

Very nice. Been considering using those plans myself.

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#12 posted 08-07-2012 03:52 AM

Very nice. I also have given strong consideration to these plans. Yours turned out great.

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#13 posted 08-07-2012 09:34 AM

Nice work, I just r-read this article this past weekend. I was thinking this would be a fun project and a chance to make some interesting jigs along the way. Great job on this a real beauty! Congrats on the tools as well alwya fun to get more items for the shop. I’m a big fan of Forrest have 3 of them.

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#14 posted 08-07-2012 02:59 PM

Great job on the box!

I’m guessing the red wood is padauk, but it is tough to tell from the two pictures. It could also be bloodwood/satine. I know that they sell both at Woodcraft. The front of the drawers is definitely cherry. Those darker patches are gum pockets in the wood. I like them. Some people treat them as blemishes, but, to me, they add character in the same way the spalting does.

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#15 posted 08-07-2012 03:42 PM

That’s a very unusual design. It looks really nice and I bet your daughter loves it.


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