Small jewelry chest

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Project by JeanValjean posted 12-03-2018 02:38 AM 1301 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small/medium jewelry chest that I made as a Christmas gift for a family member.
The dim’s are 14” long, 8” deep and 9” tall.
The sides and lid are walnut and the drawer faces are curly quarter sawn white oak.
The drawers are 1/4 inch hickory with dovetailed corners and the bottoms are 1/8 inch birch plywood. There are dado slots on the sides of the drawers and the case is fitted with hickory “slides” that engage the drawer slots…with a little beeswax applied to them they slide very nicely but still have enough clearance to allow for seasonal movement.

Finish is General Finishes “Arm-R-Seal” gloss oil/urethane which is my “go to” finish in almost every application. I do muliple coats of the finish and once fully cured I apply a fine paste wax with 5/0 steel wool and it leaves a finish that feels very luxurious.

This is the first real project from my new shop. I recently bought a home in the country from the estate of a gentleman who was also a wood craftsman….in fact the property had a nice shop with a dust collection system already installed. I just had to hook my collector up, replace all of the fluorescent lighting with super bright LED lights and I was in business!
Thanks for looking

-- Semper Fi

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#1 posted 12-03-2018 03:07 AM

Wow that is some crazy beautiful wood. Nicely crafted too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 12-03-2018 12:00 PM

It is just gorgeous sir. I have done jewelry boxes, and they were not as beautiful as this one. It is really nice.

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#3 posted 12-03-2018 01:21 PM

Love the wood selection and finish. I had never heard of that type of oak before – or that finish. Great job, sir.

-- If I cannot find a way, I will make one

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#4 posted 12-03-2018 04:21 PM

Well done. Congratulations on the new shop.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#5 posted 12-03-2018 04:53 PM

That chatoyance on the wood looks to be everywhere! Nice wood selection and design!

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#6 posted 12-04-2018 06:10 AM

The wood is very nice as well as the project. Great to live in the country too.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 12-04-2018 07:07 AM

You did a great job, very nice looking box. I love the choice of woods you used, they really go well together.

-- John D, OP, KS

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