Kathy & Jim Sawada Toronto, Canada

Curly Maple & Purpleheart


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The interior of this dramatic jewelry box has ample space for earrings, cufflinks, necklaces, watches.

The unique combination of exotic woods gives this box an exquisite pattern and a beautiful rich colour. The Blistered Maple scene in the centre of the top is framed with Curly Maple bands which are accentuated with edges of Purpleheart veneer. Purpleheart defines the contours for the top and base.

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

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.

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 10.1 cm)

The interior lower level is about 1 1/4" (3.2 cm) deep with these compartments:-
~ one about 5" x 7 1/2"   (12.7 x 19 cm)
~ six  about 2 1/2" x 2 3/8"  (6.4 x 6.0 cm)

The removable trays are about 1" (2.5 cm) deep configured as follows:-
~  one tray has two compartments about 2 1/4" x 7"  (5.7 x 17.8 cm)
~  one tray has six compartments about 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"  (5.7 x 5.7 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:

Curly Maple, Blistered 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 a luxurious burgundy faux suede.