Curly Maple Chest with Walnut Accents

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Project by Stephen posted 02-26-2014 11:39 PM 1821 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had only posted some cutting boards so far, and thought I should post something more towards what I spend the majority of my time doing. I still remember building my first box, was way harder than I expected, lol. This chest was built about six months after I gave up my desk job to become a full time woodworker. It was an order from etsy for christmas time, and took me about a month. Most of that time was spent trying to figure out how I was going to build it to the customers specifications. I try to make each box I make a little different from the next.
This chest is about 36 inches wide, and 12 inches high.
The inside trays are made of spalted maple, and everything is lined with brown suede.
I ended up losing money on this deal, I quoted way too low of a price, which is a big problem of mine. The shipping alone was half of the payment I received for it.
I really had a hard time letting this one go, can’t tell you how much I wanted to keep it. I have that happen to almost everything I build, but this was probably the worst so far.

-- -Stephen, WV ,

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 11:55 PM

I’d would want to keep it too. Don’t undervalue your time, you should charge at least $30 per hour. Estimate the time and add at least 25%.

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#2 posted 02-27-2014 01:10 AM

I can see why you wanted to keep it—it’s beautiful!

-- Dean

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#3 posted 02-27-2014 01:17 AM

Wonderful project!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#4 posted 02-27-2014 01:25 AM

Excellent work Stephen.

-- Bill, SW Florida

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#5 posted 02-27-2014 01:47 AM

I’d have kept that one! Gorgeous woods. Shipping is NEVER included in the price quoted!!!!

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

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 02:22 AM

Before reading the dimensions i thought it was just a small jewelry box but dang, big and beautiful.

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#7 posted 02-27-2014 05:28 AM

Excellent work my friend!

-- “Anyone who doesn’t think money is grown on trees hasn’t bought any lumber lately.”

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#8 posted 02-27-2014 06:42 AM

Very cool chest,nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 02-27-2014 11:21 AM

wow, that is beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#10 posted 02-27-2014 11:25 AM

Beautiful figure in that maple, great job!

-- Jeff W., Boston, MA area,

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#11 posted 02-27-2014 12:23 PM

wow what a beautiful box, really love that wood choice. I would not want to let that box go either.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#12 posted 02-27-2014 12:55 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship and beautiful wood.


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#13 posted 02-28-2014 04:29 AM

Beautiful wood, beautiful build. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#14 posted 02-28-2014 04:50 AM

This a very nice box.

You do quality work. You should charge for shipping.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 02-28-2014 05:01 AM

oh that does pop out….??western figured maple?


-- Real_cowtown_eric

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