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I made this case for my son to give to LOHL. I told him that he needs to put "something special" inside it.

She loves all things zebra related, so the woods are zebra wood and walnut which I think compliments the zebra wood very well. She also has a lot of necklaces so that was the primary design consideration.

I was inspired by Blackie's project, but I could never make a band saw box that great, so I based mine on plans from Canadian Home Workshop. The overall dimensions are 16"h x 14"w x 9"d.

The drawers are lined with polyester faux leather which has a very natural feel; I'm no judge, but I can't tell the difference between this and real leather, probably a character defect on my part. :) I had no idea about the size to make the cavities in the drawers, so I did two drawers each with three differing designs.







She doesn't care for brass hardware, so I was happy to find polished nickel hinges and pulls at Horton Brasses. I used the drawer pulls for the studs on which to hang necklaces.

The finish is 4-5 coats of Deft satin spray lacquer (I sanded with 600G after the first coat) and Johnson's paste wax to give it a silky feel.

There is a lot of room for improvement in the execution, but I am certain they will be ecstatic with the finished product. I know that I am my toughest critic.

As always, thanks for looking and any questions or comments are welcome.

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That is a really nice gift! Your attention to detail is spot on!
I need to learn how to spray. The finish looks perfecto!
Another great project by a true craftsman!
Great job
Steve
 

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That is a beautiful piece of work. The choice of woods looks great, and I love the board you chose for the top.
well done

Eric
 

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Steve, thank you. As for the spraying, it was a rattle can-put on your respirator, shake the can, press the actuator on top and apply while making quick passes. There is nothing to it.
 

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Thanks, Eric, the zebra wood is quite dramatic so it was a bit challenging to get two boards to match up well enough to hide the junction which is why I used a piece with a knot.
 

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You set a pretty high standard for the rest of us, Art.
Another very fine project indeed.
 

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Thank you, Willie. My photography hides a multitude of sins. :D
 

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Really well done and beautiful!
 

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That is beautiful - great work and fine details. I'd like to work on something like this in the future for my wife.
 

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Wow, love that wood!
Great piece.
 

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That looks great. Love the zebrawood. There is a very similar design in Strother Purdy's book "Traditional Box Projects" (example in my projects). Good call with the horizontal grain for the drawer faces. The box I did had vertically orientated grain and it was a real bear to line up properly.
 

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Wow Art. I like how you mixed up the woods!

This is going to sound weird, but I'm currently beginning a jewelry armoire, with walnut and zebra wood 8^)

Seems you beat me to it. My design is a tad different, but I was looking around for necklace hanging options and saw your post. Knobs, whodathunk?

Fine art piece Art 8^)
 

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That's a great looking jewelry armoire-I love that zebrawood! I'm sure the young lady will love it!
 

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Great piece Art … Love the way you worked the grain patterns, a truly unique piece of craftsmanship.
And as far as a few flaws, your right, YOU are the only one that will see them, and besides, this is a hand made, one of a kind, truly unique piece … It's supposed to have a few irregularities … Or else it would look like a production piece.
The inlays on the swinging doors just POP! ... Kudos Art.
 

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My thanks to everyone. :)

JA, I really like the face of your chest. It was worth the effort, IMO.

Splint, great minds! :D If it isn't already too late, I used pulls that are 5/8" diameter, but were I to do it again, I would try a slightly smaller size. Horton has them in 1/2" and 3/8" sizes as well. By the way, Horton is a great company for value and service.
 

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Hey Art.

How ya doing'. Still cranking' out quality work I see.. Good on ya. I'm sure the lad will be pleased to present that to his Mrs.s
 
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