Birds Eye Maple and Padauk Jewelry Chest

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Project by cold_canuck posted 12-02-2013 03:42 PM 2815 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Christmas present for my wife. The majority of the piece is birds eye maple with the padauk used as accent wood. The drawers and compartments are lined with velvet and just make things complicated the back is removable to reveal a hidden compartment. The finish is Danish Oil and paste wax. I still need to attach the top, I just haven’t found the right hinges yet.

-- Scott, New Brunswick,

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#1 posted 12-02-2013 04:25 PM

WAY nice! I love secret places in jewelry boxes. The hinge you have there looks a little small for the weight of that lid. Good luck, hinges are a bear to get right.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 04:50 PM

Thanks. The hinges I am looking for are brass, larger and more decorative. That way I can mount them to the surface of the box and lid and have it add to the overall look. I know they exist I just have to find them :)

-- Scott, New Brunswick,

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 08:13 PM

Very, very nice. Favorited so I can dream.

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#4 posted 12-02-2013 08:24 PM

Great work. I’m sure she’ll love it.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 12-02-2013 10:49 PM

Very nice jewellery chest, your wife should be very happy with that. The birds eye maple with the padauk really go well together and I like the secret compartment in the back (very cool). Excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 12-03-2013 01:09 AM

Nice design and build. The two woods go together very well. How will you top this for next Christmas??

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#7 posted 12-03-2013 01:35 AM

Excellent design and the wood combination is spectacular! Not sure if you have enough overhang on the ends, but a wooden “Patron” hinge would be perfect for this project.

Love the secret compartment!

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

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#8 posted 12-03-2013 03:24 AM

Wow what a spectacular piece .

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 12-03-2013 05:45 AM

Padauk sure goes well with the birds eye maple and other colors found on the box. This is going to be one of the happy wife, happy life endings when she receives this spectacular jewelry box. Very well done !

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#10 posted 12-03-2013 06:54 AM

Wow, this is awesome. Love the design, contrasting of the woods, hidden compartment and craftsmanship. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 12-03-2013 07:02 AM

Very nice indeed,the birds eye is just right for this project, well done.


-- The wood sniffer

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#12 posted 12-03-2013 07:23 AM

CC, I like the design and the look. You have done a nice job on the secret compartments and the drawers. Some of the embedded “strap” hinges from the British box makers would be nice. It is not what you need for this application, but here is one way to do hinges , and here is more information. Great job. You might be able to use this information on another application or on this one if you varied the method a bit. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 12-03-2013 08:19 AM

Great looking box…and I love the wood you used

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#14 posted 12-03-2013 02:29 PM

Thank you all for such great comments. I really appreciate it. I found Padauk really easy to work with, but VERY MESSY and stains clothes and hands. My shop apron is now a lovely shade of light pink and i now have a pair of jeans that will only be warn in the shop or while painting. (At least that is what i have been told :) So I am not sure if I will be using it again for a while.

Robert Triplett: She will probably want me to fill it next Christmas. I knew I should have made it smaller. :)

-- Scott, New Brunswick,

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#15 posted 12-03-2013 03:09 PM

You did a fine job on this piece. It is beautiful. I bet that your wife had a fit over it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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