Cherry Jewelry Box

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Project by Derek Edman posted 01-08-2015 07:35 PM 1584 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a jewelry box that my uncle and I made for my girlfriend. Its made out of cherry. The finish I used was a cup of water and a half tablespoon of lye crystals. The reaction from the lye gives the cherry an aged look. The less lye you use the lighter it will be. Then I just used a high gloss oil based polyurethane to finish it. Let me know what ya think!

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#1 posted 01-08-2015 10:35 PM

Love it!

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#2 posted 01-09-2015 04:25 AM

Man, that is some beautiful work. It will make for one happy girlfriend!

-- Matt, San Antonio

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#3 posted 01-09-2015 11:54 AM

Beautiful jewelery box, she’ll love it for sure

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 01-09-2015 04:29 PM

Looks great. A friend from work gave me a lot of rough sawn cherry that I need to figure out what to do with.
The boards are 5/4 X 4-6 up to 6’ long. Do you have the plans or dimensions for the jewelry box? What was the water distilled or just plain tap water? Where do you buy lye crystals?

-- Start with ten, end with ten.......

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#5 posted 01-09-2015 09:25 PM

Kurt- I had to buy a 1×6 and a 1×8 piece of cherry and we used every bit of it. As far as the plans go, my uncle has them and I’m back at school, but if you wanted to send me your email, next time I’m home I can get the plans for you. And I just used regular tap water, and the lye crystals were just a regular household drain cleaner you buy at any hardware store. Its some pretty harsh stuff though I’d definitely wear gloves if you use it. There are plenty of sites online that give good instructions on how to use it and how much to use.

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