Purple Heart with Curly Maple Jewelry Box

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Project by rlrjr posted 11-16-2011 02:02 AM 4403 views 21 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box took a little longer than I expected, even tho I made two of them at the same time. Pretty much the same as some others that I’ve made but with the addition of the bottom drawer for larger items.

On this one I also took the time to put together some drawings with dimensions and all that. I will scan all the pages and put it into a PDF format and just give it to anyone that wants one. I’ll let y’all know when it’s ready.

Dimensions overall: Height: 13 7/8” Width: 10 1/2” Depth: 5 3/8”

Small drawers: Width: 4 1/4” Length: 4” Depth: 7/8”

Large drawer: Width: 9 1/2” Length: 4 5/8” Depth: 2 1/2”

Made of purple heart and curly maple. Everything is natural wood with the exception of the back panel which is fiberboard. This box weighs in at just under 10 pounds.

-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 03:41 AM

Very Sharp Looking Jewerly Chest, All the features add style to this fine chest, Your design is Great, and thanks for sharing Your knowledge and design with us all Mic

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 04:46 AM

I would actually like to see that pdf. I have been looking for ideas for a jewlery box just like this and haven’t had much luck. My wife has been all over me about making her a nice jewlery box lol

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 08:55 AM

Thats a sweet jewlery box! looks great. glass in the rear, and looks like drawer is lined in red cloth/felt. Nice job! Whats the thickness on those floating side panels? 1/4” ??

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#4 posted 11-16-2011 01:12 PM

Great job on this. Its very easy on the eyes. Love the wood choices. Look fwd to seeing the plans, thx for sharing.

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

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#5 posted 11-16-2011 03:46 PM

Handsome piece of work. Cant go wrong with purple heart and curly maple (I am quite fond of the color combination myself). I also like how you put the frame and glass on the right side to show the drawers. Very nice touch in my opinion.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 11-16-2011 04:47 PM

Neat. I’d like to see plans

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#7 posted 11-16-2011 07:10 PM

Outstanding job! This is one of the nicest jewelry chest projects I’ve seen anywhere.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 11-16-2011 09:16 PM

Very Nice! I am looking to build one for a gift this xmas.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#9 posted 11-16-2011 09:50 PM

James——-about 3/8 to start with….before sanding and all.


-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--

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#10 posted 11-17-2011 01:40 AM

Beautiful Jewelry Box.

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#11 posted 11-17-2011 04:10 AM

If everyone that requested a copy of the PDF file for the box didn’t get one, just email me at: [email protected] and I’ll email it.


-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--

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#12 posted 11-18-2011 07:59 AM

Hi from South Africa. I have made afew jewelry box’s but nothing as great as this. I would be most greatfull if you could forward me a copy of the pdf. Thanks.
Have a great weekend

-- Dave South Africa

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#13 posted 03-08-2012 12:31 AM

did you use droor slides on those small ones

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#14 posted 03-08-2012 02:24 AM


I did not use drawer slides on the small drawers.

They simply rest on the horizontal shelf that supports them. I keep the top to bottom tolerances to the upper and lower support shelves pretty tight so that they don’t flop around when you pull them out or push them in. Same thing with the left to right tolerances.

On the larger drawer I felt that the drawer would work more smoothly with the slides. Again, to keep it from flopping around when pulling it out or pushing it in.

Don’t hesitate to ask for additional info if you need to. I make a sincere effort to answer all my posts as quickly as they come in.

Regards, Rick

-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--

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#15 posted 01-28-2016 07:56 PM

This is so beautiful. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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