jewelry case

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Project by Stephen Fox posted 06-18-2012 11:52 PM 2199 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I based this design roughly on another one I found here but made mine hourglass rather than barrel shaped. I had bought a half inch cherry board without any idea of what I would do with it but the grain was just too nice to pass up. This became my drawer fronts. Other woods are black walnut and maple. I like the design but not satisfied with the execution. Drawers are too deep, 3 inches, for a jewelry case. instead of 3/4 inch top and sides 5/8 or 1/2 would have been better. The pulls were made to blend in with the fronts and not stand out but there must be a better way. i used a polyurethane finish and found it hard to polish the final coats. I will try another finish next time, as soon as I have another board good enough for the drawer fronts.

-- Stephen NYS

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#1 posted 06-19-2012 12:20 AM

Looks great

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#2 posted 06-19-2012 12:24 AM

Beautiful wood, nice design and the finish looks good. Overall a very nice project. Although I’m not great at finishing, I use polyurethane and find that if you let it dry (the longer the better) it polishes out and I like Howard’s paste wax for the final coat(s).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 06-19-2012 01:12 AM

This is a beautiful case. I love the way the drawer fronts have the waterfall grain effect. I agree the handles kind of get lost in the overall look. Maybe a contrasting wood would give a better look?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 01:03 PM

I like the general look of your jewelry case. The maple side pieces give it a literal and figurative design flair that is very eye pleasing.

I think you are right about the drawers being a bit deep for jewelry. It makes access awkward. The front grain is lovely, but just as a passing point almost all furniture would have run it the other way with the peaks pointing upward.

As to thickness, I find that a little rounding of the edges where they are not involved in the joinery gives a much thinner look to a thicker board edge. It also draws attention to the wood’s grain. It is a matter of individual taste as to how much rounding to use.

You obviously have a great eye for design, and I am looking forward to your next piece. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 06-19-2012 01:06 PM

The design is very unusual and the wood is beautiful. You did a fine job on it.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 06-19-2012 02:26 PM

Great work, really like the front and the way you used on board. The way the grain looks is what really makes this pop.

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

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#7 posted 06-19-2012 02:51 PM

Thanks for the comments. I will let the polly cure longer before final sanding next time. Always a little anxious to work on a project instead of waiting. It was a humid week when I was putting the finish on. I should have known better.

-- Stephen NYS

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#8 posted 06-19-2012 03:05 PM

I do think that you are a little hard on yourself, especially the part about the finish. In picture #1, I can see the window and even a little outside the window in the reflection from your finish! That is what I would call a nice polish!

-- Imagination opens the gates of the universe. –William Patten

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#9 posted 06-20-2012 03:07 AM

very nice design and beautiful wood. Overall and excellent jewellery case.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 07-01-2012 04:14 PM

It would be very easy to rectify those deep drawers by adding sliding trays to some of them. If you use thin bottoms you would lose very little space. I find sliding trays to be very versatile as you may lift them out as well as rearrange their position within different drawers. This would be an easy retrofit.

As far as the drawer front grain goes, I stood on my head for a bit to see it the other way and think it looks best the way you have it. By some margin.

At first glance it seemed you had pulled the handles out of the fronts, the grain was matched so well. I thought, how on earth did he do that? So I like them as is. The only better way would be if you actually did pull them out of the fronts. Really tough to pull off unless you sliced the fronts and re-glued. There would be a tiny grain shift for sure.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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