2032Views4Replies

Author Options:

Where can I buy solid wood to make a jewellery box? Specifically walnut and cherry Answered

I want to make a jewellery box and have an idea in mind but I need two different colours to pull it off. I want to make it out of walnut and cherry as they are dark and light respecitively and I think could work quite well together. I have literally no idea where to get it from. I need it in roughly 1/2". I live in England, in Essex, but I just need to know what to look for. all I can find is places that do veneered MDF. I'm only going on the assumption that 'those really nice ones' are actually made from solid wood. To be frank, I don't even know exactly what veneered wood is.

Can someone help point me in the right direction?

Discussions

The forums are retiring in 2021 and are now closed for new topics and comments.
0
rickharris
rickharris

8 years ago

Your yellow pages under timber suppliers should help you - Phone and ask if they can get you a price for what you want - Don't be surprised when it sounds expensive!.

Alternatively you can look around or go to an auction house and buy some old furniture and dismantle - Most pre 1930s hard wood furniture will be hard wood all though.

Watch out for Victorian veneered woods though although they may well have veneered over a hard wood like mahogany.

I managed to get about 30 meters of mahogany that is 4 inches wide and an inch thick (100 x 25mm) for nothing they had been stood in a field for years as a post and rail fence the farmer was replacing with a new fence and burning the old (until I cam along).

0
steveastrouk
steveastrouk

8 years ago

Ebay. THere are several suppliers who sell material in jewellry box size pieces. Our most recent intern made a beautiful puzzle box from stuff she bought there.

0
Burf
Burf

8 years ago

Look up "speciality or exotic hardwoods" retailers for a location near where you live.
Depending on design of the box you want to make, veneers can be an excellent and economical choice. Veneers are thin sheets of wood, usually 1/16th of an inch to 1/8 of an inch thick or the metric equivalent.
I have made many decorative wood pieces using veneers applied to a cheaper base of pine or plywood. As long as you remember to plan on covering the exposed edges with a veneer or a thin cut edging of wood matching the veneer, its almost impossible to tell the difference between a well made veneered surface from solid wood.
Look for a few DIY guides on using veneers.

0
canucksgirl
canucksgirl

8 years ago

I'm not sure where you should look in England, but I can tell you that you probably don't want veneered MDF for a jewelry box. MDF is a "Medium Density Fiberboard" so its not solid wood, but a mash put together into a fairly strong material. The veneer is just a very thin layer of "real wood" that's been glued to the MDF.

I'm sure other members will have places to suggest, but if you aren't able to find a place, consider just staining some oak to the shades of wood you want and then continue the project as if they were walnut and cherry.

I know over here in Canada, despite having an enormous supply of trees, getting access to specific types of wood can be difficult. I suppose there's just not that much demand anymore for woodworking materials, and if you can find it, it's usually very expensive.