Three Jewelry Chests (or really late Christmas gifts)

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Project by DonH posted 528 days ago 1324 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these three jewelry boxes as Christmas gifts for my daughter in laws – a bit late but they will be delivered by Easter.

One box is cherry and eucalyptus burl, one is mahogany and crotch mahogony and the third one is walnut and walnut burl.

These were surprisingly challenging and time consuming to make, the curved drawer fronts and sides of the “fold out wings” are laminations glued up in a two piece mold. I had a lot of warpage issues with this method on this small scale – I have often used this process before on larger projects without problems. The cherry was the worst and I had to cut the drawer fronts off twice and redo them to get an acceptable fit.

There are over 120 parts in each case – all hand planed and cut to fit.

The Brusso quadrent hinges were fun as well, but after three boxes I now know all the little things to watch out for etc.

The finish is polymerized tung oil and there will be a couple more coats yet.

While this project was taking on monster dimensions I am pleased with the results – the girls have seen them and are chomping at the bit to get them. I have promised this weekend (I hope)

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 528 days ago

Very impressive work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 528 days ago

I really like the design and the grain looks awesome! they should be more than pleased.

-- Jeff W., Boston, MA area,

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#3 posted 528 days ago

Those curved panels must be tricky to get right. Very nice all around.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 528 days ago

Beautiful work, Don.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 528 days ago

That, my man, is top shelf work. Really great effort and result. Love the design. Thanks for sharing, and your daughters in law will be very happy. Bet you get at least one “ask” from someone who sees them.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#6 posted 528 days ago

Great looking, nice color match on the wood. Curved panels and drawer fronts, wow, they look like they are worthy of the wait.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 527 days ago

Yow. Top notch work Don.
You really kicked it up on these. Good for you. I am inspired.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 527 days ago

That is some good looking work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 527 days ago

Thanks guys – I appreciate your appreciation!!

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#10 posted 527 days ago

Those turned out very nice…and I doubt they were upset to get a gift like that anytime of the year

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#11 posted 527 days ago

Very amazing builds.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 527 days ago

Thank you Larry and Roger

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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