First of three Jewelry Chests

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Project by Gene Howe posted 03-03-2014 03:56 PM 2733 views 4 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pic #1. Maple and walnut. 24” tall 15” wide and 7” deep.

All joints are M&T.

Sanded to 180, 3 coats of matte poly, each roughed with a white mesh pad and final finish rubbed out with Liberon #0000 SW and paste wax.

Pic #2. Drawers are lined with the same purple felt as the wings. Wrapped cereal box card board and dropped it in and glued them. Top drawer is fitted with ring holders. A piece of 3/8 thick dense foam with knife silts. The felt was laid over the top and slid into the slits with a steel ruler.
The dot is a 3/8 rare earth magnet that catches the metal piece robbed from a push-to-open magnetic catch.

Pic #3. The wings for studs and pins are felt covered M&T frames. Four per side. They swivel on 1/8” by 1/2” brass pins. Wife and I had to align all 8 to holes in the top at the same time and, then fit the top on the tenons cut in the sides and the dado for the back. Took us well over an hour.
The top is screwed on and the screws counter bores are covered with walnut pegs from Rockler.
Not shown are six 1” long brass pegs across the inside top, behind the wings, for necklaces.

This was one major PITA for me. But, I learned a number of new techniques, learned some new combinations of cuss words, built a few jigs and best of all, bought a couple new planes needed to complete it. I’m sure the next three will be easier.(Fingers crossed!!!!)

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 04:00 PM

Very nicely done, Gene. I especially like the right hand door as the wood is beautiful. Great design.

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

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 04:00 PM

I like the wings. Great idea. Good job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-03-2014 04:04 PM

Nicely done, I like the necklace idea. My wife has several necklaces and I was contemplating building something for her. GoodJob!

-- John in Florida

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 04:09 PM

LOL. Nice project. I think we all learn new words to help get things together…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 04:13 PM

Wow Gene, this is a fantastic piece. Well worth the cussing! Love the curly maple! How about a little more info on the drawers…those pulls look interesting, maybe you can give us a closer look…..

What a great gift for a lucky recipient….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 03-03-2014 04:16 PM

Looks cool and has a really unique design.


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#7 posted 03-03-2014 04:26 PM

beautiful Gene ,love the drawers very cleaver design too , they are really just choice words :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 03-03-2014 04:32 PM

Just WOW Gene
That turned out great!
I’m with jeff: need more pics of the drawers opened and detail on the drawer pulls.
That is such a useful (and attractive design).

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

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#9 posted 03-03-2014 04:53 PM

Very nice Gene, 3 more?? daughters, girlfriends LOL ?? Very clever design.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#10 posted 03-03-2014 04:56 PM

now your talking gene

very nice !

amazing what you can do
when the wife shows you how huh

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 03-03-2014 04:58 PM

Bravo, BRAVO, BRAVO!!!




Just an outstanding design and build.
You out did yourself.
I too echo the requests for more detailed pictures.
I gotta see all of the details….
To further appreciate you great effort!!!

That and I want to see the next three!!!!
I’ll try to help…
By keeping my fingers crossed also!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 03-03-2014 06:33 PM

Super… That’s a fantastic piece. You really have made an eye catcher Really impressive work, Gene

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#13 posted 03-03-2014 08:28 PM

looks great Gene…. someone must have a lot of beads and bangles :^)

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#14 posted 03-03-2014 09:06 PM

Great work on this one !

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#15 posted 03-03-2014 09:31 PM

Beautifully executed! I love figured maple and you accented nicely with the walnut.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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