Jewelry Cabinet #4: Final pieces, assembly and finish.

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Blog entry by Devin posted 04-13-2012 04:06 AM 10750 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, about 330 days ago I wrote something about being finished this piece in another 4 weeks. That didn’t happen, but in my defence I did get other pieces done in that time, I just kept getting pulled away from this jewelry cabinet.

The work left on this piece was not big, but very finicky and detailed, which is likely why I kept finding it hard to get traction.
I made the three drawers for the bottom section before moving onto the more intricate boxes that sit on the cabinet.

I made the two small boxes (about 3.5” by 4” by 2” inches) from resawn and then thicknessed 1/4” bubinga, with spalted maple lids and face. The joinery for the box is 1/8” and was made using an 1/8” router bit.
Lots of little pieces were carefully lowered onto the router bit and carefully lifted off at the end of the cut.

This is shot of the pieces for one box, you can see most of the joinery here as well as the dovetail recess for the matching “handle” extending from the lift lid (maple).
The lift lid has 1/8” brass rods epoxied into it that will serve as hinges.

This show is of one of the boxes being dry fit. The bottom section is for a small drawer (the opening is 1 and 1/4 inches).

Leaving the back of the box open as it will be tight against the larger panels on the main section.

A shot of the lid lifted, to show the small ledge the lid rests on when closed.

Partially assembled (dry), you can really see the joinery here.

The drawers are very simple and small. Handles of bubinga matching the handles from the 3 larger drawers.

Gluing up the little drawers was actually a bit of a pain, my clamps all being too large for boxes this small.

The last addition to the cabinet before finishing was the small earring holder sections added just above the boxes. There is a slotted bar for hook style earrings and a ring bar for studs.

Here it is, finally finished, with a simple oil/varnish blend, wet sanded at 600.

For more pictures of the completed piece, here’s the project page.
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Thanks for reading…

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 04-13-2012 04:23 AM

Very nice jewelry box. Like the style and use of woods. It has a nice balance to it.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 04-13-2012 04:07 PM

Great job on this. I love the oriental touch and the woods look great too. It’s good to see something oriental made in the U.S.A. instead of the other way around, lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-14-2012 02:10 PM


What an exceptional piece!

The Bubinga really brings out the mottled colors of the Spalted Maple, and the joinery is more than just a nice touch.

Very nice fit and finish. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 04-14-2012 06:43 PM

Thanks guys, appreciate the comments. Len, I agree, although the two woods can easily be considered highly contrasting, there is definitely a shared reddish brown tone.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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