Kathy & Jim Sawada Toronto, Canada

Curly Maple & Blistered 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 body of this box is made from a beautifully patterned piece of Curly Maple. The centre of the top was made from a spectacular piece of Blistered Maple. That dramatic scene is framed with bands of Curly Maple, which are accentuated with edges of thin Nogal strips.

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

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



Overall exterior dimensions are about 12" x 8 1/2" x 3 1/2"  (30 x 21.6 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 1/4"   x   5 3/16"   ( 18.4   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 "  x  2 1/2" (17.8  x  6.4 cm)
(six)     2 3/8"  x  2 1/4"   ( 6.8  x 5.7 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:

Curly MapleCherry, Nogal, Blistered Maple



Nogal handle.

Mitred corners reinforced with keys of Nogal keys.

Sides are 1/2" (13  mm) thick 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.



Solid brass quadrant hinges.

Tray sides and dividers are Cherry.

Interior is  lined with a luxurious dark brown faux-suede.