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Jewelry chest elegant, useful

Made of mahogany for its beauty and strength, this elegant jewelry and lingerie chest features porcelain knobs, felt-lined drawers and solid brass hardware, but, like all fine furniture, the chest is as practical as it is beautiful.

It allows chains and necklaces to hang loosely to avoid tangling and keeps jewelry clean and protected. The larger bottom drawers are ideal for storing delicate lingerie and hosiery.

A good project for woodworkers of most skill levels, the plan calls for all but three straight cuts. The three curved cuts for the base are traced from full-size patterns, so there's no guesswork. Assembly is mostly a matter of nailing and gluing the pieces together.

Materials for the chest include 16 to 18 board feet of mahogany, a 4- by 8-foot sheet of mahogany plywood and a sheet of hardboard along with hinges, knobs, felt, jewelry hooks, nails and glue. Also, a mirror can be attached to the underside of the top panel.

The completed project measures 39 inches tall by 19 inches wide by 12 inches deep, and the side doors and top panel close flush, giving the unit a neat appearance.

The Jewelry and Lingerie Chest plan, No. 830, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step directions with 20 photos, full-size patterns, diagrams and a shopping list and cutting schedule. A package of jewelry and lingerie furniture, No. C144, is $24.95 and includes this plan plus plans for a lingerie chest and a jewelry box. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $3.95. Prices include postage and handling.

Please allow about four weeks for delivery. For rush delivery, add $1 an item up to $3 maximum and allow about two weeks.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o the St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, CA 91409.

To order by credit card, call toll-free 1-800-828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the Web at http://www.u-bild.com.

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