Inlaid Heirloom Box

Pete E. Michelinie Fine Furniture
of South Pomfret

The veneer and banding is applied to the drawer fronts on a single board. Once complete the board is sawn into three pieces and are dovetailed together with maple drawer parts to become the three drawers. The design of this piece is identical to the Carved Heirloom Box I had made a few years prior, except using veneering as the main decorative element rather than carving. The use of Amboyna Burl on the drawer fronts pays homage to Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, famous Art Deco designer. The burl was sequentially cut and then arranged in a four-way bookmatch centering in the middle of the case. Nickle plated knobs elevate the piece even further.

The Heirloom Box is made of Black Walnut, Sugar Maple, Amboyna Burl, Brazilian Rosewood, Holly and Ebony. The knobs are nickle plated brass, and the drawers are all lined with a royal plum colored velvet. The box is finished with boiled linseed oil, shellac and paste wax.

Photos of the box in the making…

I have a second nearly identical box I made for a Fine Woodworking article in October of 2020.  It has a simpler mitered carcass construction instead of the dovetailed carcass, but with the same Amboyna burl inlay and the rest of the box made of Black Walnut.  The drawers are lined with black velvet and the drawer parts are made of White Oak.  It is available now for the price of $1,850.

Dimensions: 21" W x 7 3/4 " T x 11 1/4 " D

Price: $2,160

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