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Walnut & Maple Pagoda Jewelry Box

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Project by Andybb posted 09-26-2017 05:10 AM 4402 views 12 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have an opportunity to make some items for an artsy frame shop that features work by local artists. The owner asked if I could make some tables and jewelry boxes so as a first try I built this prototype box from the plans I downloaded from Woodcraft seen below.

I chose it as I knew it would require me to step up my game and make some very exacting measurements and cuts and develop some skills that I would need to have going forward. I also wanted to incorporate some of the spalted maple that I’ve had for a couple of years. I wanted to make the drawer fronts from one piece of spalt as I thought it would add to the overall look of the project. I used my new miter lock bit (thanks Rich) as opposed to the splines used in the plans to join the drawer parts. I figure I can make a few different versions by simply changing the type of wood used for the drawer fronts, or even the top and legs.

I made the jigs as described in the plans plus a few others so as to make it more repeatable in the future.

The finish is gloss Deft from a spray can. (I love that stuff)

-- Andy - Seattle USA





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Woodknack

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#1 posted 09-26-2017 05:24 AM

Nicely done. Lot going on in that wood.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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toolfooldan

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#2 posted 09-26-2017 10:28 AM

Looks awesome. Love your wood selection.

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#3 posted 09-26-2017 10:53 AM

Very well done

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#4 posted 09-26-2017 11:10 AM

Very interesting concept,the drawer slides, very well done

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 09-26-2017 11:14 AM

You realy’‘nailed’‘it! So beautiful and special design. Details are so fascinating- handles and railing system.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 09-26-2017 11:31 AM

Awesome

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 09-26-2017 01:08 PM

I love this design and it’s a real eye catcher. It exhibits a lot of fine details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#8 posted 09-26-2017 01:40 PM

Very nice design! Unique box with lovely woods. Well done!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 09-26-2017 04:10 PM

I have begun embracing fixtures for a lot more wood working. Things like aligning those handles are just soooo much easier.

You have a winner with that spectacular wood!

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#10 posted 09-26-2017 06:33 PM

Beautiful! Your wood choice for the drawer fronts is really good

-- Pete

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#11 posted 09-26-2017 07:29 PM

Beautiful box, I like the way the grain pattern on the drawer fronts resembles oriental silk paintings – it really works well with the pagoda style.

-- Leafherder

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#12 posted 09-26-2017 08:12 PM

Awesome work. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 09-27-2017 03:31 AM

That is a awesome looking work of art. Congrats on Daily Top 3, well deserved!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Rich

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#14 posted 09-27-2017 04:07 AM

Stunning work, Andy. Truly flawless. That should fetch a pretty penny.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#15 posted 09-27-2017 04:04 PM

Wow! That is a really beautiful build.
So much going on there.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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