Stowe Inspired Large Jewelery box-

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Project by Brent Livingwell posted 04-23-2009 07:20 PM 3304 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelery box was made for a customer that is a jeweler. She wanted a large box with about 30 spaces for small jewelery, and loads of space for pins, and earings. I sent her over to Lumberjocks to find a design that she liked and she choose Probablylost’s necklace Cabinet (
Due to a need to display large amounts of earrings and pins we chose a to make 8 hangers that will have a lose weave fabric to pierce the pins through. These pictures do not show the fabric as the customer has agreed to make them.

The doors are mortise and tenon as are the hangers, the drawers are hand cut half blind dovetails. The design is almost exact from Doug Stowe’s Beautiful Inlay Boxes.

All thoughts and comments are welcome. The box took about 20-24 hours to complete. The finish is Vermont Coatings semi-gloss. It is a very low VOC finish, it was great to work with due to the extremely low odor, but the jury is still out for me regarding the overall performance of the finish. The hinges are Brasso knife hinges, their performance is awesome.

-- Things of the greatest worth are from the Earth. If you tell yourself that something is "close enough" it is it again.

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#1 posted 04-23-2009 07:26 PM

This is really beautiful jewelery box. I like the drawer pull.
Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 04-23-2009 08:33 PM

Hey Brent
This is top notch quality in workmanship and design a triple thumbs up . great work.


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#3 posted 04-23-2009 09:12 PM

Absolutely beautiful. If i could make that box with hand cut dovetails in 20 hours, i would quit my day job. Excellent craftsmanship!!


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#4 posted 04-23-2009 10:31 PM

Fabulous. I figure it is about 32” high? Can you post a picture of inside the upper cabinet? I’m trying to figure out how it works.

-- tim hill

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#5 posted 04-24-2009 12:21 AM

seriously, that’s some fast production….probably would be worth the hourly for most people if you sold it, but i’m sure you wouldn’t. Wonderful piece of art, i think it would be hard to be impressed by the things Inside it after seeing the outside! =)

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#6 posted 04-24-2009 12:45 AM

A teacher’s job is complete when his students surpass him. Great job Brent. And congratulations on the new baby. I put photos of your boxes on my blog:

very best wishes,

Doug Stowe

-- Doug Stowe and more

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#7 posted 04-24-2009 03:30 AM


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#8 posted 04-24-2009 05:05 PM

Very nicely done. Great wood figure and design.

-- Measure twice, cut once, bang into place

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#9 posted 04-24-2009 07:55 PM

I like everything about this box , except for the very prominent pieces of wood sticking through the top . Do they serve a purpose ? They are kind of distracting to the eye in your pictures. I like the image of your child caught in the mirror . Very cute !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 04-30-2009 06:46 AM

Pure art work !!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#11 posted 04-30-2009 03:20 PM

Clean, beautiful design and construction. And a comment from Mr. Stowe! Wow – what an honor.
I love the pulls, and the reflection in the last photo was a nice surprise. You’re a lucky man Brent.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 11-06-2009 05:24 PM

I love the streaks on the wood figure at the doors. What species is the wood?


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#13 posted 05-01-2010 12:41 PM

really nice! i also cant believe how fast you made it. and i also wonder what species the parts are.

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