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Project by michaelinthebasement posted 09-19-2018 07:19 PM 1963 views 11 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project post. I discovered Lumberjocks while looking for answers while working on this, including technique tips and table saw reviews. I found the community to be an excellent resource to help me along the way. So thanks to everybody who contributed.

Yes, that is the jewelry box from the Woodsmith #197, the Oct/Nov. issue from 2011! Along the way, I discovered my bargain table saw could not cut straight and eventually replaced it with a real one; got married and moved to a new house, so had to build a new work shop before continuing the project; had a flooded basement then rebuilt the workshop; had a new baby boy. But because of all the delay, I was ready to do the drawer fronts at right about the same time that my neighbors maple tree fell yielding up that beautiful spalted wood you see here. I think it really enhanced the final result.

The dark wood is wenge as called for in the plans. I did try a couple of experiments to make the curved doors out of solid wood, but in the end I went with the bent plywood and maple veneer as described in the plans.

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#1 posted 09-19-2018 07:53 PM

man i just dont like it…....I love it! the design is very elegant and im glad you took long enough for that wood to show up because it really makes the jewelry box something did a fantastic job on this,congrats and wait for your top 3,it deserves it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 09-19-2018 07:55 PM

The spalted maple makes that box. Awesome, and congratulations on completion!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 09-19-2018 08:35 PM

Good things are worth the wait. This truly was worth it. Absolutely beautiful!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 09-19-2018 08:46 PM

I can only agree with the above comments in particular Smitty’s spalted reply, it certainly makes an eye catching feature. I am also interested in hearing about how you approached the solid wood curved doors process.

I made some curved doors but nothing even near the radius of your doors.
Les Hastings has some examples on LJ’s you may be interested in taking a look at.
Mind you I will never be able to produce anything anywhere near the level of his work.
But they are nice to look at!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 09-19-2018 09:19 PM

Thanks for all the kind words.

Robcastle, I tried the glue-up technique that luv2learn posted on 3-08-2012 for the same project, but I was not happy with my results. I also tried a kerf bending technique. It worked okay on my pine test, but I was not able to duplicate my success with curly maple. So I cut my losses and moved on to the bending plywood and succeeded in the first attempt.

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#6 posted 09-19-2018 10:08 PM

Really, really nice work. I love the choice of the spalted wood accent on the drawer fronts. It looks better than the picture in the magazine.


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#7 posted 09-19-2018 10:52 PM

Shoot, all those delays was just fate making you wait on that killer spalt for the drawer fronts. I heard once something about great things coming to those who wait.

That my friend is a great thing, awesome jewelry case. In case you’ve held it up next to the WoodSmith version, yours is much better, because of your delay allowing you to use that spalted Maple.

Thanks for posting, it was a pleasure seeing your first piece.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 09-20-2018 12:26 AM

I’ve learned you can’t rush woodworking projects. I’ve had lots of projects where I knew the look wasn’t right or some element wasn’t working so I set it aside and do other things. At some point, there is always a moment where the “answer” pops up and is so obvious that you know that is the way to do it and the project almost finishes itself.

Your jewelry box is one of those projects and you nailed it. As everyone else said – it is stunning and the spalted maple is the perfect highlight.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#9 posted 09-20-2018 12:36 AM

That is a fabulous looking jewelry box. Enjoy the adventure.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 09-20-2018 01:00 AM

What a fine piece of Art

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 09-20-2018 01:55 AM

Really nice choice of wood. The combination is perfect.

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#12 posted 09-20-2018 10:47 AM


-- Petey

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#13 posted 09-20-2018 11:09 AM

Beautiful! Job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#14 posted 09-20-2018 11:44 AM

Wow !!! incredible piece of work, well worth the 7 years of time to make it. I am still struggling with my £99 tablesaw but just have to make do as I cannot afford a proper one. I must read up about Plywood bending, your finished project is a work of art.

Well done

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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#15 posted 09-20-2018 12:29 PM

Great details and choice of materials.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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