Kathy & Jim Sawada Toronto, Canada

Nogal Watch-Cufflink Box With One Drawer

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The Nogal used for this custom watch/cufflink box gives it a quiet elegance. The scene in the centre of the top was bordered with a single Wenge band which was accentuated with veneer-thin edges of black-stained Poplar. 

The upper level was divided into six equal compartments, each with a black faux-suede watch pillow. The centre has a half-height removable tray. Tray and dividers were solid Nogal.

The drawer was designed to house a sizeable collection of rings and cufflinks. Drawer sides and dividers were made from solid Nogal.

Woods Used:

Nogal, Wenge


Solid Wenge drawer pulls

Mitred corners reinforced with Wenge keys

Sides were solid 1/2" (13 mm) thick Nogal.

Top was made of  1/8" (3 mm) Nogal, bordered with Wenge, and 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 and dividers were solid Nogal.

Interior was lined with a luxurious black faux suede.

Ring inserts and watch pillows were covered in the same luxurious material.


Overall exterior dimensions were about 11 1/2"" x 8 1/4" x 4 3/4"  (29.2 x 21 x 12 cm)

The upper level was about 1 7/8" (4.8 cm) deep. 
Interior dimensions were about 10 1/2" x 7 1/4" (26.7 x 18.4 cm), divided into six equal watch compartments and a centre storage space. 

The drawer was about 1 1/8" (2.9 cm) deep. 
Interior dimensions were about 9 3/8" x 6 5/8" (23.8 x 16.8 cm).