Kathy & Jim Sawada Toronto, Canada

Santos Rosewood

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The interior of this beautiful jewelry chest has ample space for earrings, cuff links, necklaces, bracelets and watches. The one tray has twelve padded inserts, each of which can accommodate two rings, earrings, or cuff links. There are two compartments with handmade pillows for watches or bracelets.

This box was made from an Santos Rosewood. The scene on the top is framed by bands of Santos Rosewood, each separated and defined by strips of black veneer.

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

Except for the 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 16" x 10" x 6.3 "  (40.6 x 25.4 x 15.9 cm)

The two compartments with the pillows are about 2.5" x 3.8" (6.4 x 9.5 cm) and about 2.3" deep (5.7 cm). 

The trays are about 3/4 " deep (1.9cm). Inside dimensions of the compartments are about:-
(two)     2.0" x 8.4"   ( 5.1  x  21.3 cm)
(two)     1.8" x 4.4"   ( 4.5  x  11.1 cm) with 6 padded inserts
(six)       2.0" x  2.8"   ( 5.1  x  7.0 cm)

The compartments below the trays are about 1.1" (2.9 cm) deep. Inside dimensions of the compartments are about:-
(one)       4.5" x 8.5"   (11.4 x  21.6 cm)
(two)       2.5" x 4.5"   (6.4 x  11.4 cm)
(eight)     2.1" x 2.0"   ( 5.4  x  5.1 cm)

The drawer is about 1.9" (4.8 cm) deep. The inside dimensions of the compartments are about:-
(one)       6.9"  x 8.5"  ( 17.5   x 21.6 cm)
(three)     3.3"  x 2.7"   ( 8.3 x 6.7 cm)
(three)     3.5"  x 2.7"   ( 9.97 x 6.7 cm)


Interior and exterior are finished with Osmo TopOil, an odourless hardwax-oil wood finish.  The resultant finish is smooth, durable, and appealing.

Interior components (trays, dividers) are finished with Danish Oil, a penetrating resin.

Woods Used:

Santos Rosewood, Black Walnut


The sides of the box are made from a single board with waterfall mitre joints. That allows the natural pattern of the wood grain to flow all the way around the box. Grain is matched on three corners.

Santos Rosewood drawer pulls and finger lift

Mitred corners reinforced with Santos Rosewood keys

Sides are solid 1/2" (13 mm) thick Santos Rosewood

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.



Mirror on inside of the top.

Solid brass quadrant hinges.

Drawer sides, trays and dividers are solid Black Walnut

Interior is lined with luxurious velveteen. Padded inserts and pillows are covered in the same material.