Curved Cherry Spice Chest

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Project by BMaloney posted 03-28-2018 09:24 PM 1426 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really enjoy building Spice Chests. I usually line the drawers with velvet so they can be used as Jewelry Chests. I built my first one about 6 yrs ago. That was an arch topped chest I built while following one being built in Charles Neil’s Mastering Woodworking Webcast. Since then I have continued building more. trying to challenge myself with something new on each one. The second one had a double tombstone door. The last one built had a full bonnet top. carved rosettes, and a turned finial. All firsts for me. At the time I thought that was my hardest build to date. Then came this one. a friend at work sent me a picture of a curved front vanity and said “Why not build something like this”. So the creative wheels began spinning. This is what I came up with. I gained a healthy respect for people who do curved work. I spent more time making fences and jigs than I did actual woodworking. I resawed my own veneers for the door panel. Bob Kloes sold me a beautiful crotch slab that I was able to resaw to make the panel. I ended up veneering the drawer fronts because I couldn’t justify wasting that much Birdseye Maple to make solid fronts. All in all this was a great project and I learned a ton. I am really happy with the end result.

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#1 posted 03-28-2018 09:40 PM

Beautiful piece of work B Maloney -That walnut door is awesome !!! And the fidured maple drawers are very nice !!

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#2 posted 03-28-2018 09:45 PM

The whole case is Cherry. Just looks that way because of the dye I used and the light in the pictures. It has a more reddish hue in person.

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#3 posted 03-28-2018 09:46 PM

Very nice! What are the dimensions? If it’s a spice chest, I suppose it would sit on a kitchen counter?


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#4 posted 03-28-2018 09:57 PM

Thank you. The chest is 23”H x 16 1/2”W x 11 1/2”D. It is based off 18th century spice chests. So I don’t know if they are really designed for todays kitchens. Back when these were built they had locks on them because spices were very expensive. I just like the design and a lot of people use this design for Jewelry Chests.

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#5 posted 03-28-2018 10:03 PM

I see. Too big to fit under the upper cabinets.

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#6 posted 03-28-2018 10:38 PM

Wow, impressive. I haven’t seen a curved spice chest before. I have a bunch of pictures of traditional spice chests on my idea board. Now I am going to add a pic of yours.

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#7 posted 03-28-2018 10:52 PM

Oh that’s beautiful. I am often disappointed with the lack of really outstanding projects, but that fills the void real nice …

-- Jeff NJ

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#8 posted 03-29-2018 01:08 AM

That is absolutely stunning.

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#9 posted 03-29-2018 01:58 AM


-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 03-29-2018 10:23 AM

That is beautiful. Well done. Beautiful design, excellent choice of wood veneers. Awesome.

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#11 posted 03-29-2018 11:07 AM

That is a very beautiful museum quality piece, simply awesome, bravo .

-- andrek

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#12 posted 03-29-2018 12:08 PM

Incredibly stunning piece!!!!!

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#13 posted 03-29-2018 05:17 PM

Excellent quality and wonderful craftsmanship. You are a master at building fine furniture. I could look at the workmanship in your cabinet all day. Your attention to the slightest detail is incredible and it certainly shows in every aspect from design to finish. Thank you for sharing

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#14 posted 03-29-2018 07:57 PM

Beautiful, stunning, wonderful spice chest. Very nice work, well done, compliments!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#15 posted 03-29-2018 08:21 PM

This is a beautiful piece and I love that curve. It’s a real eye catcher.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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