Commissioned jewelry chest, box number 31

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Project by Jake Brain posted 06-28-2020 10:22 PM 995 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a commissioned jewelry chest, box number 31. The chest sides are made from a single Sapele board that has been re-saw, and re-joined in assembly to create a beautiful grain-wrap pattern at all four of the corners. The top is solid curly Maple (fiddleback), book-matched with Purpleheart and Ebony boarder the corners of the jewelry boxes are mitered and accented with 4 pairs of splines, made from a contrasting wood. I used a 45° ‘V’ router bit to miter the corners. Instead of cutting the wood using a table saw, the 45° router bit gave me a lot better miter with less wood lost. Draws are made with interlocking box joints for strength and the Mahogany drawer divider are removable easy cleaning or to create more open space. This is a 2-Drawer Sapele/Maple 12” x 9” x5 3/4” Jewelry chest. Finished with three coats of M. L. Campbell Satin Krystal which is post-catalyzed conversion varnish finishing system which is Water white and non-yellowing.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#1 posted 06-28-2020 10:37 PM

Beautiful chest.
I especially like the fiddleback maple top and the grain wrap on the sapele.
Great build and beautiful job.

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#2 posted 06-28-2020 11:19 PM

Beautiful choice of woods. The box looks great with the grain natch. I always wanted to use a router but to make the miters on a box.

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

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Jake Brain

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#3 posted 06-28-2020 11:30 PM

When you select a router bit check that the point comes to a sharp point, I have had a couple that would have 1/16” to 3/32” flat top.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#4 posted 06-29-2020 02:32 AM

Beautiful! I love the grain and color of the sapele. Interesting hinges. May I ask where you got them?

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#5 posted 06-29-2020 03:50 AM

Can you elaborate on how you cut the miters with a 45 degree router bit? Did you place the board against a miter gauge and push the board through the bit on a router table? Thanks.

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#6 posted 06-29-2020 06:29 AM

I agree with the accolades, beautiful box.

I also would love to see more about the V groove cut corners. The side of the box is in such a shadow on the pics, I can’t grasp how the corner of the drawer works in conjunction with the side of the box? It almost looks like it’s a stack of loose trays.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 06-29-2020 09:40 AM

This is really nice work!

-- Petey

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#8 posted 06-29-2020 11:57 AM

Very nice. The curly maple really stands out.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#9 posted 06-29-2020 12:34 PM

I will try to post some photos of the set up for V groove cutting.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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