Dottie's Jewelry Box

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Project by Thumper posted 03-27-2011 03:33 PM 2032 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several years before I retired, I had the pleasure of interviewing and hiring a very talented secretary. Over several year Dottie managed to keep me on schedule and generally out of trouble. When I left the Department of the Army to take over the records management program at FEMA, I was once again lucky enough to drag her with me to become my Operations Officer. And once again, she proved an invaluable asset in keeping me on track and generally out of trouble. Over those years we also became friends and she learned of my woodworking hobby. One of the things I shared with her was a jewelry box I build for my wife some thirty years ago. When I finished my wife’s new retirement jewelry box (see project 29541) my wife told her she could have the one that I built way back when. Now you have to keep in mind that the one I built so many years ago was made when the only real tools I had was a circular saw, 1 1/2 hp router, a couple hammers and screwdrivers. So needless to say, I figured that since Dottie kept me out of trouble for so many years that I could do better. The box is approximately 18 inches wide; 12 inches deep; and 22 inches tall. The rails and stiles are white oak with black walnut panels; the top, and drawer fronts are white oak and walnut. The drawers are red oak on full extension slides. I originally planned on shipping it to her in Virginia, but figure keeping it here will give her the motivation to come visit us here in Western North Carolina So Dottie, its here and ready for you to pick it up :-)

-- The major stress in retirement is choosing what t-shirt to wear

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 04:40 PM

Wow, that’s beautiful ! I am sure she will treasure it. Thanks for posting.

-- There are no mistakes in woodworking , they're learning expierences ;)

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 05:51 PM

Great story, and gift. Leaders are only as good as the people supporting them, no matter what career were in.

The top opening was a nice surprise. The raised panels on the side are nice touch as well. You should show her this post, as I’m sure she would love to read your description and how you truly feel. If you are anything like most men, ( myself included ) we don’t communicate as well as we could… LOL ( Reference; “Men are Mars, Women are from Venus” )

Thx for sharing!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 03-27-2011 08:43 PM

Nice Jewelry Box, I like your design of the top lid, nice looking wood, and a wonderful story, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 03-28-2011 11:21 AM

Really caught my eye
So good of you to show your apreciation with your craftsmanship
I build a rocking chair for my little guy’s second birthday
I got so much out of building it
I hope to take inspiration and maybe make the wife a simiar one
But that might inspire a need for jewlery
Anyway great design and wood selection

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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