Jewelery chest

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Project by JuniorJoiner posted 08-21-2010 09:07 AM 3072 views 11 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this project this spring while at IP. it is a eight drawer jewelery chest made from western maple and pacific yew. I wrote about my troubles with yew on this site earlier this year as the box was nearing completion. I have to admit that using Yew was the wrong choice, and I should have left it alone.

Picture of myself and my pacific yew slabs.

This piece was challenging for wood in more than one way. the carcass, dividers, and drawer bottoms are all sequence cut from a single plank, you will notice how the grain wraps around the piece. this also means no second chances, everything has to work the first time.

I chose a plank with the transition from heartwood to sapwood, to lessen the pop of the curly maple drawerfronts. again, sequence cut, so one messed up tiny dovetail would have been a catastrophe. matching back panel in the same wood.
All the western maple in this piece was cut from the same tree.

pulls, I made from brass, the three tiers of drawers are actually different sizes, so different size pulls. I do not enjoy metalwork, but at school we learn how to make such things, so I did.

So, in retrospect, this piece was technically challenging, and I learned from it, which was the goal.
As a rule, I don’t post comissions or projects I sell, but this piece is being donated to a charity auction. I hope someone enjoys it.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#1 posted 08-21-2010 09:31 AM

Very nice, I like how the drawer fronts seem to match up and the continularity of the carcass (is that a word?). I too donate to charity, people seem to like the handmade items. I hope your project catches people’s attention and brings in the funds for the charity

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#2 posted 08-21-2010 10:33 AM

A very beautiful project

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 08-21-2010 10:35 AM

That’s a lovely looking jewelry box I am sure anybody who recieves this will be pleased.
Love the wood

-- Theresa,

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#4 posted 08-21-2010 11:56 AM

Beautiful piece.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 08-21-2010 12:44 PM

Absolutely great work! Wood, design and finish could not be better.
Thanks for sharing

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#6 posted 08-21-2010 12:57 PM

That jewelry chest is beautiful and the workmanship is excellent.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 08-21-2010 01:19 PM

A beautiful piece of work. I think you’re right about the Yew though. Too close in shade but not enough, if you see what I mean. Not seen Pacific yew before, so there’s something I learnt. Plain Maple probably would go better for your chest or a stark contrast like the old favourite walnut (black). The latter is a bit played out these days though.

Splendid grain on the Maple and excellent construction

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 08-21-2010 03:13 PM

Really neat box…...whomever wins this in the auction will have a lifetime treasure

Great job and kudos for donating to charity!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#9 posted 08-21-2010 03:28 PM

Despite any troubles along the way, the end result was a beautiful piece.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 08-21-2010 04:23 PM

Beautiful piece, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#11 posted 08-21-2010 05:00 PM

Excellent work and design. It should fetch a good price at the auction.

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#12 posted 08-21-2010 05:11 PM

Beautiful work.
Can’t believe this samll box needs that big boards !

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#13 posted 08-21-2010 05:40 PM

great work.It looks very nice.

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#14 posted 08-21-2010 06:02 PM

Beautiful Jewelery Chest.

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#15 posted 08-21-2010 06:16 PM

Very, Very nice…........ I love the grain and the details of the small DT’s . The construction is perfect and the final touch of the hand made pulls all go together just right.

Beautifu job, thanks for sharing

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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