Jewelry Box

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Project by linjay posted 04-08-2015 06:37 PM 2214 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelry box got a little out of hand. It started out as a simple doll dresser for my granddaughter that she could use as a jewelry box when she got older. It wasn’t even going to have a nice back. But then the jewelry box concept took over. Decided on nice back. Then decided to dress up top. Liked that so much I decided to do the same with the drawer fronts. Then I decided I had to dress up the drawer fronts with the hexagon brass drawer pulls. These I made from inherited 3/8” hex bar on my metal lathe. Polished to look like gold with felt wheel impregnated with grinding compound. And then of course we had to line all the drawers with red velvet—time consuming project in itself neatly done by my wife Linda.
Wood is nearly all cherry from some inherited grubby old shelving that I didn’t even know was cherry. 1/8” thick inlay of birch really aren’t inlays—goes all the way through the full thickness. So the birch strips for the drawer fronts end up 1/8” x 1/8”. You start with a wide piece 1/8” thick, glue that to next piece to provide stiffness then start planing. For example the birch in the top started about 1/8” x 5/8”. This was glued to the outer border cherry and then that was planed to thickness and added to the top interior piece like a mitered picture frame. The dividers in the drawers are individually covered pieces that are just a friction fit so user can configure drawer to suit their needs. The only improvement I would make would be to use nearly touching magnets for door closures.
Last picture shows cantilever spring drawer stops.
Finish is what I cal my pseudo french polish which requires many coats of urethane applied by my wife. I remove all brush strokes with set/dry 400 grit and water. It feels really smooth but you can still see brush stroke valleys if you look closely at the right angle. I skip the pumas stone and rotten stone steps and just wax with Simonize floor wax. Gives you a finish that is so smooth it makes it hard to pick up the box.

-- It's easy when you know how - but that's the hard part. Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 04-08-2015 07:04 PM

I hope that you and your wife signed and dated this. It will make it much easier to value when it shows up on the Antique Roadshow in a few decades. This will be a family heirloom.
Beautifully done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 04-08-2015 07:22 PM

Thank you. Appreciate the comment.

-- It's easy when you know how - but that's the hard part. Ontario, Canada

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#3 posted 04-08-2015 11:34 PM

Out of hand? no way! Seems it just got better and better! I like all of it right down to the lining. I must try that 400 grit with water trick. Great Job.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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

Very nice job. Great story how it evolved! Wonderful finish.

-- AJ

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#5 posted 04-09-2015 03:41 AM

Excellent!!! True craftsmanship.

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