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Merry Christmas to all.

Here is the project I was working on as a Christmas present for my wife. She has needed a place to organize her jewelry for some time now. After her mother passed, that small bedroom was turned into a dressing room/closet for my wife and daughter. Prior to that she did not want me to build one because she had no place to keep it.

The box is twelve and a half inches square, and over four inches deep inside. The two large trays are two inches deep and the four small trays are seven eighths inches deep.

This was my attempt to make something very dainty. It was a real challenge. I learned that if I do this again, I will finish the trays and dividers independently and glue them in afterwards. Trying to sand in all those small compartments was a real pain.

The wood is Curly Maple, Bubinga, and more of my Dogwood burl I saved from the back yard. The splines are Dogwood. I used the two biggest pieces of the burl that I could find to make the heart. My plan was to inlay it into the maple as "Cluttered Shop" had suggested, but my wife thought that it might not stand out enough. Before the finish was applied they were very close in color.

There was one major accident in the build. As I routered out the waste for the Bubinga diamond, somehow the router bit came loose and plunged clear through. I had to inlay a patch on the back side. Oh well, adds character.

My wife loves it. The lid was her idea to open like a book and have a place to set the small trays.

Thanks for looking, comments and suggestions welcome.

Nick

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Great job Nick,this is a beautiful and practical jewellery chest .
 

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Very pretty - you did a great job with all of the details.
 

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Great job! Attractive and functional, (I worked in jewelry store for 10 years our customers would have loved this.)

That dogwood burl is gorgeous. Since I grow my own trees for woodworking projects I will have to investigate that - although I know dogwood is a slow grower (took me almost 10 years to get a branch suitable for a cane, but it promises to be a beauty if it dries properly).

Thanks for posting. Happy New Year!
 

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Absolutely beautiful, great work!
 

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Thanks to all for your kind words. It does make one feel good to have others who have the same hobby appreciate your work. You folks know what it takes to do a project like this and the time and work it takes.

My son likes the edge view of the lid.
 

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Beauty! Great wood choice to show off some great workmanship. Cheers!
 
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