Jewelry Chest

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Project by Joel Shappell posted 11-25-2019 11:51 PM 1185 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this Jewelry Chest from Tommy Hovington’s plans. Made a few changes as the wood is well over 125 years old. It came to me from my buddy’s farm. Found as a fletch in the Barn. Most of it was dry rotted and caused many challenges due to it’s brittleness. But worth the time as the wood grain is amazing. Handles were turned from reclaimed canary wood stair bannisters. Throw in some red felt and some shellac finish and done. I gave this to my buddy who owned the farm and I couldn’t see myself keeping it for sentimental reasons. Really happy with how this one turned out.


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#1 posted 11-25-2019 11:59 PM

Joel, You should be very proud of it. It’s absolutely stunning. I hope you won’t mind if I try to copy that for my wife’s birthday?

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Joel Shappell

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#2 posted 11-26-2019 12:19 AM

Copy away. I’m not sure anything we make anymore is ‘original’. :)


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#3 posted 11-26-2019 12:29 AM

That’s a great build, and that grain is gorgeous. I’m not so sure I would have been able to cut it loose.

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

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#4 posted 11-26-2019 12:47 AM

thats a beautiful cabinet your friend is very fortunate to have a good friend willing to give that up.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 11-26-2019 01:33 AM

It’s a beautiful piece! How did your buddy react when you presented it to him (her?)? One of my recent builds (not nearly as elaborate nor as well executed) was with wood reclaimed from one of my friends properties, he and his wife were elated to have what they thought was firewood returned to them in another form and continue to comment on it when I see them.

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#6 posted 11-26-2019 02:03 AM

Beautiful job. I love the finish as well as the build. Your buddy will enjoy it as a memory of the wood from his farm.

-- AJ

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#7 posted 11-26-2019 08:36 AM

Classic. Why buy handles when you can make them yourself! Those are great.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#8 posted 11-26-2019 10:17 AM

Really well done. What a gift!

-- Petey

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#9 posted 11-26-2019 01:05 PM

Outstanding work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 11-26-2019 01:44 PM

a great design for an outstanding hunk of lumber

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 11-26-2019 05:09 PM

Well that did turn out rather nice!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#12 posted 11-26-2019 05:22 PM

Nice piece, looks like the grain on the wood you saved is spectacular.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#13 posted 11-26-2019 06:20 PM

Absolutely not a thing to improve on this one for my taste. I enjoy the basic design and exceptional use of the wood. The handles are a key in the look. Hope nobody in the family sees this and has some old found wood they expect anything similar.

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#14 posted 11-26-2019 06:21 PM

Very Nice work. It turned out Great.

-- Our fears are traitors that make us loose the good we might obtain by fearing to attempt. Guy

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#15 posted 11-27-2019 12:32 AM

That’s some detail. Great job

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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