Kathy & Jim Sawada Toronto, Canada

Birds Eye Maple & Spalted Maple

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This jewelry box has ample space for earrings, cufflinks, necklaces, watches. Removing one of the trays readily turns it into a valet box for keeping larger and taller items such as PDAs and cell phones.

The centre of the top was made by bookmarking a spectacular piece of Spalted Maple. That dramatic scene is framed with bands of Nogal and Bird's Eye Maple, which are accentuated with edges of black-stained veneer.

The tray sides and dividers in the interior are made from solid Maple

Other than the black veneer, no stains or dyes have been used. The rich colours that you see are the natural colours of the finished woods.

Spalted woods have natural anomolies, one of which can be soft spots. This top has a couple of indentations where the soft wood was removed during finishing.



Overall exterior dimensions are about 12" x 9" x 3 1/2"  (30 x 23 x 9 cm)

The compartments in the lower level are about 1" (2.5 cm) deep. The inside dimensions of the compartments are about:-
(one)   7 3/4"   x   5 3/16"   ( 19.7   x  13 cm)
(six)   2 5/8"   x   2 3/8"     ( 6.8  x  6 cm)

The removable trays are about 1" (2.5 cm) deep.  The inside dimensions of the compartments are about:-
(two)   7 3/8"  x  2 3/8" (18.6  x  6 cm)
(six)     2 3/8"  x  2 1/2"   ( 6.8  x 6 cm)



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:

Bird's Eye MapleNogal, Spalted Maple



Mitred corners reinforced with Nogal  keys.

Sides are solid 1/2" (13mm) thick Bird's Eye 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.



Solid brass quadrant hinges.

Tray sides and dividers are Maple.

Interior is  lined with a luxurious red velvet.