Kathy & Jim Sawada Toronto, Canada

Curly Maple With Purpleheart Accents

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This jewelry box has ample space for earrings, cuff links, necklaces, watches. The one tray has eight padded inserts for rings, earrings, and cuff links.

This box is made from unusually patterned Curly Maple with accents of Purpleheart. The scene in the centre of the top is framed with bands of that same Curly Maple which are subtly accentuated and defined with Purpleheart veneer.

The tray sides and dividers in the interior are solid Cherry 

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 4" (30.5 x 22.9 x 10.2 cm)

The interior lower level is about 1.1" (2.9 cm) deep with these compartments:-
~ one about 6.8" x 4.8"   (17.1 x 12.1 cm)
~ six  about 2.3" x 2.1"  (5.7 x 5.4 cm)

The removable trays are about 0.9" (2.2 cm) deep configured as follows:-
~  one has six compartments about 2.1" x 2.1"  (5.4 x 5.4 cm)
~  the other has
          ~ 1 compartment about 2.1" x 6.7"  (5.4 x 16.8 cm)
          ~ 8 padded inserts, each about 1.9" (4.8 cm) wide and about 0.8" (19 mm) deep
   NOTE: Maximum clearance above the top of the padded inserts is about 0.4" (10 mm)


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:

Curly Maple, Purpleheart


Mitred corners reinforced with Purpleheart keys.

Sides are solid 1/2" (13mm) 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 durable faux suede.