Kathy & Jim Sawada Toronto, Canada

Birdseye Maple With East Indian Rosewood Accents

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The interior of this beautiful jewelry box has ample space for earrings, cufflinks, necklaces, bracelets and watches. The one tray has eight padded inserts, each of which can accommodate two rings, earrings, or cufflinks.

The Birdseye Maple in the body has a beautiful grain pattern and vibrant colours.  East Indian Rosewood edges provide a great accent. The scene in the centre of the top was made by bookmarking a nicely figured piece of Curly Maple. It is bordered with bands of Curly Maple which are separted and defined by Nogal veneer edges.

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

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.

Except for 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 3/8" x 9 1/8" x 5"  (31.4 x 23.2 x 12.7 cm)

The trays are about 5" x 6 3/4" x 7/8" (13.3 x 17.2 x 2.2 cm) with these compartments:-
(one)     2 3/8 " x  6 3/4"   ( 6  x  17.2 cm)
(one)     2 3/8 " x  6 3/4"   ( 6  x  17.2 cm) with 8 padded inserts
(six)       2 3/8" x  2 1/4"   ( 6  x  5.7 cm)

The  compartments below the trays are about 7/8" (2.2 cm) deep. Inside dimensions of the compartments are about:-
(one)       5" x  7"       (12.7 x  17.8 cm)
(six)   2 1/2" x  2 1/4"   ( 6.4  x  5.7 cm)

The drawer is about 1 1/8" (2.9 cm) deep. 
The inside dimensions of the compartments are about:-
(one)  5"  x   6 7/8 "  ( 12.7   x 17.5 cm)
(six)   2 1/4"  x   2"    ( 5.7 x 5.1 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:

Birdseye Maple, Curly Maple, East Indian Rosewood, Nogal veneer


Solid brass drawer pulls with Birdseye Maple inserts.

Mitred corners reinforced with East Indian Rosewood keys

Sides are solid 1/2" (13 mm) thick Birdseye 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.

Drawer sides, trays and dividers are solid Maple.

Interior is lined with a luxurious dark brown faux suede.