After visiting Lewis Lumber Products, I decided on two really great woods to use on my jewelry chest, lacewood and light maple. Lacewood comes from a tree Australia that is very tall and straight, usually 100 feet tall with a diameter of 48”. The natural color of the wood is reddish-brown and matures to a brownish color, and the grain is just absolutely beautiful. I chose this species because the intricacy and size of the grain reminds me of jewelry. The grain contains patches of rays that also seem to shimmer as polished jewelry would. I think these characteristics are perfect to highlight the drawer fronts of the jewelry chest. The lacewood has an open grain and I therefore chose to use maple, a closed grain wood, on the pieces surrounding the drawer fronts for visual contrast. The maple is also a lighter wood, almost white in color. I am so excited to get working with these and see how they compliment each other when finished! Big thanks to Keith and everyone at Lewis Lumber Products for their help!!
On another note, I constructed the seven drawers that make up a majority of the storage in this chest. I used an oak plywood that I picked up from Lowes in 2’x4’ sheets. Note to all amateurs: DO NOT use plywood for drawer sides. The wood has tons of knots and chips that broke off everywhere after they where cut to size. Hardwood should always be used whenever making anything that involves box cuts, which is the system I used to assemble the drawer sides. While trying to fit the grooves together the plywood just did not want to budge. I therefore had to file every groove on every drawer side. Not the most efficient use of my woodshop time but all seven drawers are put together and are faced with the lacewood! Next step, the maple side doors.