Jewelry chest in Mahogany/Maple

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Project by matt garcia posted 05-07-2008 06:08 AM 1872 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my friend Amanda first saw the Walnut jewelry chest, she asked me to build her one for her birthday. This is what I designed. Very similar to the walnut chest, but slightly bigger and taller, and with an open top. This time, I used biscuit joinery to attach the sides to the top and bottom, and also to attach the back, and the front upper mahogany piece. The drawers are constructed with a drawer lock bit, and a dado for the plywood bottom. Once again, I used a figured piece of maple, and cut the drawer fronts out of one piece to match the color, and grain. I lined the drawers with felt, and tray. I also cut some foam into ring holders. I am very proud of my little jewelry chests!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#1 posted 05-07-2008 07:58 AM

Great Job …AMANDA is lucky oh yes…that is nice …I want one of those to put my calipers and precisions in ….

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#2 posted 05-07-2008 01:43 PM

The two boxes look so much different from each other using the same wood. Did you use a different finish ? Both very well done.

-- JJohn

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#3 posted 05-07-2008 06:18 PM

Amanda must have a lot of jewelry. You done a great job on this project. I also like the wood selection. It will invite passers by to look at it and wonder where they could buy one just like that.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#4 posted 05-08-2008 04:35 AM

Amanda has never had anything made for her. She is a single mom struggling, and rarely has any opprtunity to buy something nice for herself. She is unselfish, and that is rare for a woman. She tells me that she cherishes this chest, and I believe her! I made this for her, so she knows just how special, and rare she is! I just wish she would bring to me so I could burn my logo on it!! I think she is afraid that something might happen to it if she brings it out. The jewelry chests are finished in gloss tung oil, and waxed.

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#5 posted 05-08-2008 09:28 AM

Very nice, Matt. You did well with this one and thanks for the story behind it. I believe that the story is often as important as the piece.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 08-27-2008 04:19 AM

Awesome piece of work! I was wondering do you have the plans for this project or measurments that you wouldn’t mind passing along?

-- Your not a true woodworker until you blow your nose and saw dust comes out! (WoodWorker Rule)

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#7 posted 10-31-2008 12:31 AM

Thats a Jewelry chest.

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