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Chester County, Pennsylvania spice box

Based on a box made in Nottingham Township, ca. 1760

All my own inlay from the local Chester Co. hardwoods.
I tried some new techniques such as the geometric circle inlay.

Added some of my own details: carved fan and some of the inlay patterns.
Six hidden compartments - one can be seen in the last photo: the back slides down after sliding hidden dovetail keys in the back of the bottom drawer, which then releases the back panel which accesses a large drawer in the back of the case.

IMO using local wood always looks best for me: holly, walnut, cedar, poplar, maple, and cherry mostly. I've noted this same aesthetic also with home landscaping (my dad was a nurseryman in Malvern, PA and I worked the landscape crew for many years).

This project; a lot of work. Honestly not quite my taste but it was more just an exercise and opportunity to try some new inlay techniques.
Ironically, one of the hardest aspects was the almost unnoticeable curved cock-bead on the top of the door :)

This was based on a spicebox on the cover of a monograph by Lee Ellen Griffiths.

[Sorry the one photo is sideways - not sure why it come out that way after I posted it. If an admin. or anyone can tell me how to fix this, that would be appreciated. I could not find any way to rotate photos]

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Masterpiece!! Very beautiful..
 

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Very nice work. Nice sharp inlays and lots of thinking and planning too. Nothing beats challenging yourself.
Well done.

You will get lots of answers on getting the photo straight but my go-to is simply cropping slightly after rotating. It seems to re-set the image in a way that simply rotating does not.
 

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Really masterful workmanship. Really neat because I also live in Chester County PA. I've been meaning to try wanting to make one of these. Maybe I will get a chance after I get done making what my daughter and daughter-in-law want built.
 

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I m always impressed by these projects. Yours is no exception! Excellent work!
 

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Great workmanship, and I like the design. My favorite inlay might be on the inside of the door, though! Thanks for sharing!
 

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Looks great, very good work. Love it.
 

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Stunning!

I can only aspire to the level of skill you demonstrate with this piece.
 

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Beautiful work!
 

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Absolutely gorgeous piece, well done!
 

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Thanks to everyone for the kind comments. I really need to get some better photos - the lighting did not due justice to the inlay or finish.

Sscartozzi, I also lived in Malvern! My dad's tree nursery sign is still there near Sugartown Rd. on Paoli Pike: Sam Brown Nursery. He retired about 25 years ago though.

Dave Polaschek, That inlay is my favourite too :)
 

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Bill,

That's a really gorgeous piece. My favorite part is the surprise fan carving inside.

L/W
 

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Beautiful piece.
 
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