Purpleheart Necklace Case

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Project by MadGerman posted 05-05-2017 12:52 AM 1289 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished a necklace case for my wife for Mother’s Day. She wanted something to hang her necklaces in that was like a case, as opposed to a bunch of hooks on the wall. So I came up with the idea of making a shadowbox with a solid back and two doors up front.

The main case, door rails and stiles, vertical divider and horizontal necklace holders are all made of purpleheart. I’ve never worked with that wood before, and thought it would look neat. I heard that it can turn brownish over time if exposed to UV light. This will be in a closet with no windows, so I’m hoping it stays purple for a while.

For the glass door inserts, I got some textured glass panels from a local glass company that has about 2 dozen different patterns to choose from. They are called Kirkwood Glass (in St. Louis, MO in case anyone’s interested).

I’m going to hang it this weekend. All in all, I’m very happy with how it came out. Except for my pics, haha! I can’t get them oriented correctly. If an admin can orient pics 1, 2, 3, & 4 so they are vertical, I’d greatly appreciate it.

So tell me what you guys think of my latest creation.


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#1 posted 05-05-2017 01:47 AM

Looks great-the blurry glass effect is nice. The contrast of the purpleheart and the light background is a nice effect.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#2 posted 05-05-2017 02:58 AM

Thanks Bill. I appreciate it. I was trying to make a nice contrast between the purpleheart, the birch plywood backing and the hardware.

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#3 posted 05-05-2017 12:11 PM

great looking cabinet, i’ve worked with the purpleheart it has great color. very hard wood, my planer grunted a little i’ve used it and redoak together and i really like the combination but i think any lighter contrasting wood would look good with it. i’ve also used it as a cheaper version of ebony as accents to cabinets, all you have to do is sand it a little harder to kind of burn it so to speak and it will turn almost black. purpleheart has a lot of good qualities you will find as you go along, just watch for the splinters the really hurt like heck.

-- kevin from ne alabama: please lets keep the digits where they belong

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#4 posted 05-05-2017 02:12 PM

nice job

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Charlie Kilian

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#5 posted 05-05-2017 02:47 PM

How did you finish this? I like that it help more of its purple color through finishing. My attempts have always had it turn browner than I’d like.

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#6 posted 05-05-2017 03:58 PM

Charlie, hi. I used Arm-R-Seal in Satin finish. I wiped it on, let it set for a minute or so, them wiped it off. I did 3 coats and VERY lightly sanded in between with 400 grit. I noticed it takes a while to dry, so I let it sit for a full 18-24 hrs in between coats.

To me, a poor finish will just ruin all the long hours you put into a project. I don’t rush anything, especially finishing.

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#7 posted 05-05-2017 06:59 PM

This is a beautiful piece and I love the wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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