Tree of Life Jewelry Box

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Project by Tennessee posted 07-08-2013 03:30 PM 2898 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Always wanted to build one of these ever since I saw them online. My interpretation is with ambrosia maple and walnut, about 13” high, 9” wide, little over 4” deep. Total of 14 drawers, with 12 visible and two hidden. Handles are made from the leftover cuts, cross cut to allow for both maple and walnut in all handles. This project does use up quite a bit of wood

In looking over pictures of these online, I noticed that the drawer cuts were actually about perpendicular to the inside circle. Made me wonder how those cuts were made until I realized: After shaping the outside, and cutting off the backside, scribe a line around the front perimeter setting the thickness of the outer circle, and simply cut out the center “tree” making one cut at either bottom of the tree and follow your scribe line around to the other side. Remove the “tree”. This allows easy access to all drawer cuts, really easy. You can also now sand the outer band nice and smooth, getting that out of the way with mostly power sanders. Once all the drawers are cut out, sand as much as possible while it is all apart, and then glue back the tree into the circle. Only the bottom two little sections glue up until you finally put the back on, then you can glue up the branches against the backside. I could not make the two bottom joints glue up to my satisfaction, so I also shot some brads into the two where the band meets the bottom of the tree and recessed them, stained to match.

At that point it just becomes an enormous amount of sanding and plain old work as you try to get all the parts clean and ready to stain/finish.
This has natural stain followed by about five coats of a new Krylon lacquer I tried, didn’t like, sanded down and then finished it with Deft lacquer and buffed into semi-gloss with 0000 steel wool and paste wax.
Kind of wish I had not used the white felt, next one I think red or black felt would look a lot better, but not about to go back and do all those drawers over!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 07-08-2013 03:50 PM

This is really nice. It looks good and I like the design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 07-08-2013 06:09 PM

Like the mini drawers inside the bigger drawers. Nice piece. You are a PATIENT craftsman!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 07-08-2013 06:32 PM

Great looking box. We all find the way “we like” to design and cut these boxes.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 07-08-2013 09:12 PM

very nice,beautiful work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 07-08-2013 10:36 PM

wow ! so smart ! top class work with great vision and skill well done to you.

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#6 posted 07-08-2013 11:28 PM

Thanks to everyone! My wifey really likes it and is hinting…

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#7 posted 07-09-2013 12:39 AM

REALLY nice bandsaw box! Looks like a LOT of work in this one. Hope you entered it in the LJ contest as it sure looks like a contender to me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 07-09-2013 12:45 PM

That is very unique. Gr8 build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 07-09-2013 05:38 PM

Amaizing project, looks realy beautifull, nice wood texture.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 11-20-2013 10:52 PM


-- Thankful! Former woodworker turned wife and momma, tip toeing back into the hobby.

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#11 posted 01-02-2014 04:23 PM

This is well done. I wish there were a video on this one. Very nice job. What saw and blade did you use?


-- Charlie75, Alto

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