Wat U Say #1: The Inspiration and the ground floor.

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Blog entry by Douglas Krueger posted 01-06-2009 06:26 PM 1440 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Living in Thailand has some advantages and one is the plethora of Buddhist wats (churches) found throughout the country. It is an intriguing architecture and the roof line caught my eye and became the impetus for a long overdue project. A big disadvantage of living here is the long distance from family back in the States and the guilt of not being in their lives more frequently.

This is the picture used to develop the basic form of a jewelry box for the our eldest daughter in an effort to send her a taste of Thailand and try to alleviate some of that guilt.


Her choice of wood was rosewood which is readily available here and while it is by no means cheap it is not near the price you pay stateside. The entire piece is solid rosewood with the exception of the wooden hinges which are Thai Padoo.

What follows is a series of pics showing the assembly procedure as the box was built in stages from the base.


This is the base piece up-side-down and shows the supports that were added to the side panels when I realized that this was going to be a heavy piece (20+ lbs) and I did not feel comfortable with all the stress placed on the angled side pieces. The assembly was with good old Elmer’s Carpenter glue and doweled with a Dowelmax. The versatility of the D’max continues to amaze me.


The drawer guides was a wood strip glued in place for the center guide. The drawers were built to a close tolerance which was intended to have the outside edge of the drawers guided by the sides of the box. I ended up doing a lot of fine tuning at the end to get the drawers to slide freely with no binding because the tolerances were too close for the twists and bows that rosewood can have. The small triangle pieces are the drawer stops to make sure they would be flush when closed.


The drawers where dado’d together and the pulls were designed to follow the basic outline of the overall piece. ‘Sissy bars’ were added to the back end of the drawers to keep them from tipping down when pulled out to access the rear compartment.

On to the second floor…................................

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#1 posted 01-06-2009 06:36 PM

Gorgeous project!

You have captured the essence beautifully!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-07-2009 01:19 AM

nice to hear about other woodworkers in asia. Please share some stories with us. I only been to bangkok once and its way cleaner than manila. The temples are stunning and the cab drivers all think they are mario andretti but i cant wait to get back.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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