Upright Jewelry box and stand

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Project by iminmyshop posted 99 days ago 1666 views 10 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am at the 12 week intensive class at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. This was my 2nd project. It had to be some kind of casework, have at least one dovetailed drawer and at least one frame and panel part. With some additional limitations placed on the size of the piece you were free to design anything you wanted. I had wanted to build a dresser but that was vetoed as being too large so I built a large upright jewelry box for my wife. It was to serve as sort of the mock-up for the top half of a dresser yet to be built. A stand was also built for it in the style of Krenov. The box is of cherry and spalted maple with the door and drawer pulls made of ebony. The latter is a very strange, brittle wood to work with as it felt more like stone. Hit it wrong with a chisel and it breaks apart.

The most difficult challenge was the door. It started out as a single, curved coopered, frame and panel door. My desire for two coopered doors was vetoed as being too complex. So, I made just one door to cover the whole front. But, after mindlessly cutting a pair of hinge mortises on both sides of the carcass as though there were two doors – oops – I decided to cut the door I had in half and turn it into two doors. Figuring out how to complete a panel for the curved middle part was a challenge. Chalk it up to a learning experience but the result came out better than what was initially planned.

The box was finished all over first with a dilute washcoat of shellac. Additional coats of shellac were applied inside. The outside was finished with a combination of Tung oil, Pratt & Lambert gloss varnish and some turpentine and applied as a rubbed on finish. In 4 – 6 weeks a coat of wax will be applied to the entire case. Thin Maple drawer dividers and a floor of velvet will be made for each drawer when I get home.

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#1 posted 99 days ago

Beautiful work, very elegant. One day I’d love to be able to make a Krenov style cabinet.

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#2 posted 99 days ago

Very attractive—beautifully crafted!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 99 days ago

Very nice. Those are some long legs, or the picture makes it look that way.

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#4 posted 99 days ago

Nicely done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 99 days ago

beautiful cabinet. I like the design of the base and the spattered maple door adds some additional interest. There is a lot of fine detail on the inside. You’ve created a really piece that I’m sure your family will enjoy for years to come.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 99 days ago

Very well done, lots of interesting features, great design. Really cool.

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

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#7 posted 99 days ago

Wonderful piece. So many beautiful elements artfully playing together.

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#8 posted 99 days ago

Very nice. Lucky mistake ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 99 days ago

Super! I like it.

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#10 posted 98 days ago

excellent, great design!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#11 posted 98 days ago

Fantastic job!

-- Your failures do not take away your possibilities.

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#12 posted 98 days ago

Very nice! Great save on the doors.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#13 posted 98 days ago

You did a incredible job on this project. The design and craftsmanship are top notch.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 98 days ago

That is really nice. I like the drawer pulls being visible at top of drawer face. Nice touch.

Man, I would love to spend 12 weeks at a course like that. You’re brains gonna be packed with knowledge when you leave!

Congrats on a fine piece of work.


-- Glue-up is still the stage when everything that was perfect in dry-fit goes horribly wrong, but I'm working on it.

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#15 posted 98 days ago

This looks really great and you’ve done a nice job on it.

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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