Valuables Chest

Tiger maple valuables chest with rosewood inlay and cockbeading, and concealed drawers inside the doors

Made of striking Tiger Maple, this diminutive piece is based on a Baltimore valuables chest that was recently on the antique market. My client saw the ad for the sale and wanted one built based on the original but made out of this lumber. I resawed one board and bookmatched it for the two doors. The lower apron is shaped out of solid wood and also bookmatched. The top front drawer has a core of quarter sawn white oak for stability and tiger maple veneered in the middle, then a banding, then a less figured, but still curly, Tiger Maple veneered border. The lid is a solid piece with breadboard ends that are tenoned to the lid with three tenons plus a through mitred tenon. This allows for the elimination of visible endgrain. The interior drawers have solid drawer fronts and a Rosewood cockbead, as do the front doors. The false drawer front escutcheon is a Rosewood inlay. The hardware, except the top lock, is from Londonderry Brasses and the Tiger Maple is from Irion Lumber.