Cherry Jewelry Chest

Some of the cherry was a gift and some was salvaged.

SHOP OWNER: Lee Schierer

    My wife has been after me for a while to replace her store-bought jewelry case with one that is larger. After several lengthy discussions about size and design, we came up with this plan. Much of the cherry came from a couple of hunks that Dominic Greco gave me at a Five Barns picnic a couple of years ago. The rest of the cherry came from my neighbor's mantle that I salvaged from the burn pile. The curly maple came from my local wood source and was specially selected for this project.
    The doors are held closed with a couple of rare-earth magnets. The pieces of wood in the doors were resawn on my 14" BS and are book matched. The hinges are simple pin hinges. Size wise, it is about 18" tall, 10" wide, and about 6-1/2 deep.

    The doors open fully, flat on each side, giving her full access to all her necklaces, and no, she doesn't have that many (yet). The top opens to reveal the top tray (false drawer). My wife didn't want a mirror on the top panel; she preferred to see the curly cherry.

Cherry Jewelry Chest  Cherry Jewelry Chest

Cherry Jewelry Chest

    The drawer fronts are solid cherry and made from consecutive parallel pieces from top to bottom. The drawer boxes are curly maple. They are lined with an adhesive-backed felt from the local craft store. The drawer boxes have locking rabbet joints at each corner and the bottoms are 1/16" plywood, also from the craft store, set into dados.
    The drawer runners and dividers are all dovetailed so they can move with the seasonal changes. The maple vertical pieces that form the sides of the drawer compartment are set into the bottom board and back board with dovetails. The drawer pulls are solid brass pulls from Woodworker’s Supply. I had to do some metal cutting to get the gigantic screw studs they provide to work in my 1/4" thick drawer fronts. They were #8 screws, ¾-inch long.
Cherry Jewelry Chest

    The back is made up of two book-matched pieces from the mantle. No, my neighbor hasn't seen it yet. The trim piece at the top was required to allow the top to lift open. The baseboard is dovetailed into two side pieces of molding, which will allow for seasonal wood movement. With all the dovetails, most of the box could be assembled and disassembled without glue to check for fit and function during the course of construction.
    The finish is Deft semi-gloss clear wood finish, which allows the natural cherry color to show through, and enhances the curly nature of it. There are 3 - 4 coats on all parts, sanded flat and then hand-rubbed out after the final coat. I expect that it will darken some with age. I probably have about 50 - 60 hours in this getting things to fit right and to work out design details so that the hinged doors and lid would work the way I wanted them to. I also had to work on it around other projects.

. . . Lee Schierer



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