Kathy & Jim Sawada Toronto, Canada

Black Walnut With Zebrawood Accents

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This jewelry box has ample space for earrings, cuff links, 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 Black Walnut. The centre of the top was made from a piece of figured Black Walnut. That dramatic scene is framed with inlaid bands of Zebrawood, which are accentuated with edges of black veneer.

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

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 9" x 3.5"  (30.5 x 22.9 x 8.9 cm)

The compartments in the lower level are about 1" (2.3 cm) deep. The inside dimensions of the compartments are about:-
(one)   7.8"   x   5.2"   ( 19.8   x  13.2 cm)
(six)    2.6"   x   2.4"     ( 6.6  x  6.1 cm)

The removable trays are about 0.9" (2.5 cm) deep.  The inside dimensions of the compartments are about:-
(two)   7.5 "  x  2.4" (17.8  x  6.1 cm)
(six)     2.4"  x  2.4"   ( 6.1  x 6.1 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 carnauba.  The resultant finish is smooth, durable, and appealing.

Woods Used:

Black WalnutZebrawood



Black Walnut handle.

Mitred corners reinforced with Zebrawood keys.

Sides are 1/2" (13  mm) thick Black Walnut.


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 Black Walnut.

Interior is  lined with a luxurious burgundy faux-suede.