Mesquite Jewelry Box

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Project by cross_wings_wood posted 11-07-2018 11:46 AM 1527 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife needed a new jewelry box after years of piling her jewelry into a many year old and small cardboard box. I made this for her as an anniversary gift not long ago.

The box is made of Texas Mesquite, the legs are rosewood, the heart carving is maple (dyed red) and maple for the drawers also. I like the broad range of intricate mesquite grain patterns so I use that wood for a lot of my projects. It may not be clear from the photos but I lined the drawer bottoms with stitched leather, which gives a nice odor (?) when you open the box. I used a friend’s milling machine to recess the hinges into the wood. Tung oil for the finish.

It’s one of my favorite projects, and I think she likes it too.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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#1 posted 11-07-2018 05:35 PM

That board in front is just special. Mesquite, either it’s dull and listless, or WOW, that piece is loaded with WOW. I like the feet/lift legs, and the heart works….. Nice job.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 11-07-2018 05:41 PM

Very nice. That Texas Mesquite is beautiful

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#3 posted 11-07-2018 07:40 PM

Wonderful job on building this lovely box

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 11-07-2018 09:07 PM

Fantastic piece! I really love Mesquite!

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

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#5 posted 11-08-2018 12:18 AM

Very nice piece. I like the contrasting wood in the miter of the tray.

-- AJ

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#6 posted 11-08-2018 05:26 AM

Extra-ordinarily GREAT!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 11-08-2018 05:27 AM

Nice work! The wood grain is beautiful.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#8 posted 11-09-2018 01:08 PM

Mesquite! Not just for smoking any more!!!

I had no idea how beautiful that stuff could be! Very elegant project…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#9 posted 11-11-2018 12:57 PM

Very nice piece. I like the contrasting wood in the miter of the tray.

- AJ1104

Glad you noticed! That detail definitely took some time.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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