5' Tall jewelry Chest

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Project by exsubsailor posted 01-17-2016 03:48 AM 2368 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a picture of this jewelry chest in an old woodworking magazine one day, and the uniqueness of the piece made me want to try it. From the small pic, with no other info other than the piece was 5” high, using dividers I found the ratio was 45% of the total hight for the top, leaving 55% of the hight for the legs. I also determined the case to be about 27” square. I added some of my own touches and this is what I ended up with. The art deco lines on the front doors were done with a m d f template as a guide for the router. On each line there is a little more curve. I sanded down the template a little to get a little more pronounced curve for each progressive line, and flipped the template over to do the other door after each line was routed. The small circles are done on the drill press, first, center punching where they should be located. The routed lines and drilled holes were then filled with a product called “wisper wood”, which comes in different wood colors. I filled the recesses a little at a time so I didn’t have to worry about shrinkage. After 5-6 years, still fine. The leg ends and drawers fronts are maple and band sawed a little concave with quilted maple veneer fronts and half circle drew pulls. The chest and legs are mahogany with pomelee sapele (not sure of the spelling)veneer on the case. It was a challenge but turned out better than I had hoped.

-- Art, Florida

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#1 posted 01-17-2016 04:07 AM

That is outstanding, great detail.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 01-17-2016 04:53 AM

Stunning work Art, congratulations!

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#3 posted 01-17-2016 05:46 AM


-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 01-17-2016 06:32 AM

Hey nice job there, Art. I’m curious about the ‘Wisper wood’, so now I’ll go check it out. Thanks for posting.

~If you don’t have time to do it right, then you surely don’t have time to do it twice~

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#5 posted 01-17-2016 01:28 PM

Thanks for posting all of these Art. (I’ve found and commented on them in reverse order)
Your work is inspiring. I will be adding you to my buddy list as I don’t want to miss your future posts.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 01-17-2016 01:50 PM

Art, this is a beautiful piece and very creative and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 01-17-2016 02:42 PM

Beautifully done, the figure in the wood is amazing as is your craftsmanship.

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#8 posted 01-17-2016 04:08 PM

Art, absolutely beautiful build. I’m not familiar with wisper wood, so I will have to check into it. Added to favorites.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#9 posted 01-17-2016 04:26 PM

We need to see more of your fine work.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#10 posted 01-17-2016 05:12 PM

Outstanding work,looks very impressive, well done.

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#11 posted 01-17-2016 05:42 PM

Wonderful design and amazing workmanship,fit for the crown jewels


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#12 posted 01-17-2016 06:02 PM

Absolutely amazing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 01-18-2016 01:14 AM

Just WOW! That design on the door fronts is awesome.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 01-20-2016 07:43 PM

art im glad you told me i totally missed this one.that is just stunning man love the wood combinations and ill check out that wisper wood product might be something i could use rock man.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#15 posted 01-21-2016 02:07 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Amazing detail and craftsmanship.

-- AJ

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