Upright Jewelry box and stand

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Project by iminmyshop posted 01-11-2014 08:29 PM 3242 views 16 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 01-11-2014 09:05 PM

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

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 10:07 PM

Very attractive—beautifully crafted!

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 10:26 PM

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

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 10:29 PM

Nicely done.

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#5 posted 01-11-2014 10:42 PM

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.

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#6 posted 01-11-2014 10:49 PM

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

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#7 posted 01-12-2014 12:02 AM

Wonderful piece. So many beautiful elements artfully playing together.

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#8 posted 01-12-2014 03:30 AM

Very nice. Lucky mistake ;-)

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#9 posted 01-12-2014 05:48 AM

Super! I like it.

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#10 posted 01-12-2014 03:38 PM

excellent, great design!

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#11 posted 01-12-2014 04:15 PM

Fantastic job!

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#12 posted 01-12-2014 04:21 PM

Very nice! Great save on the doors.

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#13 posted 01-12-2014 04:34 PM

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

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#14 posted 01-12-2014 04:43 PM

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.


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#15 posted 01-12-2014 06:43 PM

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

helluvawreck aka Charles

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