Jewelry Cabinet #1: Initial SketchUp models

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Blog entry by Devin posted 04-11-2011 10:12 AM 3907 reads 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi all, just a quick shout out to see what you think of these sketches…looking for some feedback before I start making sawdust.
The first 3 pictures are of the same design from different angles, the 4th, 5th and 6th pictures are the same general design but with slight modifications.
Which designs do you like or not like?
Any design suggestions?

Thanks everyone, I appreciate the input.

This is for my wife’s birthday, so to any of you that know her, no talking about this. ;).

This is the initial design, meant to hang on the wall, the entire thing is about 20”x20”. The black area is where earrings or rings would go. The middle space is a small mirror (about 6×7). Walnut pegs along the top for necklaces.
As the sketch shows, I’m thinking of using bubinga as the primary wood, spalted maple for the secondary and walnut for small accents.

This next picture also shows the lift lid on the right and the drawer open.

From the side

This next one is with some of the “sticky out” bits removed, this one could also hang on a wall or sit on a dresser.

This next one is meant to sit on a surface, not hanging on the wall.

And lastly, this one I’ve extended the depth of all sides to full width, a bit more of a shadow box feel.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 11:20 AM

Hi Devan;

That is a great looking cabinet. I’ll bet your wife will love it.

Nice design. The proportions look good.

Nice job with sketch up, too.

Only down side I can see is you’ll be spending a lot to fill it up!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 01:27 PM

What a great design, I wish I could draw like that in sketch up. I have paper all over the house with ideas and sketches and have to draw them multiple times to get all the different views. Was this done with regular free version sketch up?

As for which I prefer, I think the first one has a japense/oriental twist to it and the others are more contemporary. I personally like the first design the best.

-- Mike, Florida,

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#3 posted 04-11-2011 04:41 PM

A very nice concept – something a little different. As to preferences, they are all great looking – if forced to pick one I’d go for the first.

The only design suggestion I can come up with would be to maybe convert the three drawers on the bottom to six. Kind of like the drawers above – the top ones a little shallower than the bottom.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 04-11-2011 05:01 PM

Nice work on both the the design and the drawings. My advice based on many years of experience is to give the wife the drawings on her birthday and ask her what she would like . :)


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#5 posted 04-11-2011 09:45 PM

Hey Devin,
I think BobMcK’s idea is the safest.

Having said that, my comments are:
  • I prefer Design 2 with the legs from Design 1 IF it will be sitting on a surface.
  • The Bubinga and Maple will look great, but I would personally use Bubinga for the accents as well.
  • The mirror is way too small (IMHO). I think your lady will not be able to see enough.

To select a decent mirror size, tape sheets of paper to your bathroom mirror and position them so that you can see yourself from top of head to bottom of necklace, and full width – ear to ear with a little extra allowance for big earrings. (Also make allowance for big hair if that is her style) That should be the minimum size for a jewelry mirror. She will want to see the whole lot at once to make sure it looks right.

I’m looking forward to seeing the completed cabinet.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#6 posted 04-12-2011 10:24 AM

I like the hanging model. Bubinga? I think i’d rather use cherry but that’s a personal taste. I’m looking forward on seeing this project


View Devin's profile


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#7 posted 04-12-2011 10:19 PM

Thanks for all the feedback guys, you’ve given me some great design options to play with in SketchUp.

@Mike, I used the free version (version 8 was just released).
@Lee, you’re probably right, perhaps I’ll scale the entire cabinet down to be closer to 5 inches x 5 inches ;).
@Bob, that is very sage advice.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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