Spice Chest/Jewelry Box

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Project by BMaloney posted 08-21-2012 01:04 AM 1970 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Jewelry Box I made for my 6 yr old daughter as a Big Sister Present. I had hoped to have it finished in time for the birth of her baby sister and suprise her with it. Due to complications with the pregnancy my wife was hospitalized for three weeks, and my daughter Erin was born 6 weeks premature and spent the next 5 weeks in a NICU on a feeding tube. Knowing I wouldn’t finish it in time I decided to let Sara help me with the build. She helped me sand some of the parts, picked out the finished colors, the hardware, and even the velvet for the drawer linings( which I still have to finish ). This was a build I followed on Charles Neil’s Mastering Woodworking Site. Charles is an excellent teacher as I never would have attempted anything like this. This was my first attempt at a Tombstone door and arched mouldings. He makes it simple for you to understand how to do it, and how to fix and avoid any mistakes. Money well spent. The main chest is built out of some Honduran Mahogany I had bought awhile back at a yard sale for next to nothing, and the drawer front are made from a really nice piece of Quilted Maple I bought and resawed. I finished it with a combination of General Finishes Dyes, Amber Shellac, and Target EM6000. The drawer fronts are finished with Amber Shellac, and EM6000. This was a really fun and meaning ful build. Now I have to build 2 more, 1 for my wife ( who is jealous ) and 1 for my other daughter.

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#1 posted 08-21-2012 01:08 AM

Very nice !!!! love it

-- Dana, Tn and Tx artist

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 01:33 AM

Awesome -

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 02:14 AM

WOW, that is gorgeous! I love that grain. Are those knobs brushed nickel? An excellent counterpoint, in any case.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 08-21-2012 02:28 AM

Man, that is amazing, I love averything about it, the maple was expertly finished to make the figure pop, letting the big sister help created a memory she’ll never forget. Thanks for sharing this with us. Hope the little sister is doing well.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#5 posted 08-21-2012 03:38 AM

Impressive piece ! Awesome quilted maple !

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

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#6 posted 08-21-2012 04:33 AM

Fantastic work beautiful piece.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 08-21-2012 08:01 AM

Excellent work.
Good clean execution, great colors and you did great justice to the figure in the maple.
How did you construct the drawers?

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#8 posted 08-21-2012 11:30 AM

Nicely done.

-- 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 08-21-2012 12:52 PM

Fantastic workmanship.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 08-21-2012 02:30 PM

Very Nice !!! Grain WOW !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#11 posted 08-21-2012 02:32 PM

Extremely beautiful piece. The design and execution are spot-on!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 08-21-2012 03:35 PM

There’s a surprise when you open the door! It’s a wonderful gift for your daughter. Hope everything is well with the little one.

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#13 posted 08-21-2012 08:16 PM

AtomJack all the hardware is semi-bright brass from Horton Brasses.
ELC- The drawers were made from Maple and the quilted maple was applied. I’ll post some pictures of the drawers when I finish lining them with the velvet.

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#14 posted 08-24-2012 09:45 PM

Beautiful work…. Finish is excellent and the grain ust pops right at ya….. Job well done….

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

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