Kathy & Jim Sawada Toronto, Canada

EXOTIC WOOD JEWELRY BOX
Curly Maple & Purpleheart

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The interior of this beautiful jewelry box has ample space for earrings, cufflinks, necklaces, bracelets and watches.

The Curly Maple is spectacular. The rays are plentiful and three-dimensional. The slightly spalted and figured features give a unique character to this piece. 

The spectacular scene in the centre of the top comes from a cross-grain cut of Maple with heavy spalting. It is bordered with Purpleheart bands which are accentuated with veneer-thin edges of stained black Poplar.

The drawer sides and dividers in the interior are made from solid Cherry.

Notice how the interior of the top is finished as beautifully as the exterior. That takes extra time and material .... but, the result is well worth it.

No stains or dyes have been used. The rich colours that you see are the natural colours of the finished woods.


SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions:

Overall exterior dimensions are about 12" x 9" x 4"  (29 x 24 x 9 cm)

The upper level is about 7/8" (2.2 cm) deep. 
Interior dimensions are about 10" x 7" (25 x 18 cm). 
The inside dimensions of the compartments are about:-
(two)       7" x  2 5/8"   (18 x  9.5 cm)
(six)   2 1/8" x  2 1/4"   ( 6  x  5.7 cm)

The drawer is about 7/8" (2.3 cm) deep. 
Interior dimensions are about 9" x 6 1/4" (23 x 16 cm). 
The inside dimensions of the compartments are about:-
(one)   6 1/4"    x   4 7/16"  ( 16   x 11.3 cm)
(two)   2 3/16"  x   2 1/8"    ( 5.6  x 5.4 cm)
(two)   2 1/8"    x   2 1/8"    ( 5.4  x 5.4 cm)
(one)   2 3/16"  x   1 3/4"    ( 5.6  x 4.5 cm)
(one)   2 1/8"    x   1 3/4"    ( 5.4  x 4.5 cm)

Finish:

Interior and exterior are finished with Danish Oil, a penetrating resin. Exterior is further finished with a three-stage wax process, the final stage being carnuba.  The resultant finish is smooth, durable, and appealing.

Woods Used:

Curly Maple, Purpleheart

Exterior:

Mitred corners reinforced with Purpleheart  keys.

Sides are solid 1/2" (13mm) thick spalted Curly Maple.

Top is made from solid woods into an assembly about 1/2" (13 mm) thick. It is then re-sawn into two pieces about 1/8" (3mm) thick which are laminated to both sides of 1/4" (6 mm) plywood. This construction not only makes the interior of the top as attractive as the exterior, but also prevents warping of the top.

 

Interior:

Solid brass quadrant hinges.

Tray sides and dividers are Cherry.

Interior is  lined with a luxurious faux suede.