Walnut Jewelry Armoire

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Project by Lifesaver2000 posted 09-10-2014 08:29 PM 2402 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my birthday present this year to my wife, only about three months late.

This is made of solid walnut with oak accents. Drawer boxes are maple with SYP bottoms. I didn’t photograph the back, but it is raised walnut panels. No plywood was harmed in the making of this project.

I am sure everyone here at Lumberjocks would assume this, but to answer the two most asked IRL questions: No, I didn’t buy the legs, I made them myself, and Yes, I made the drawer pulls also.

Dimensions are about 48” high, 16” wide (closed) and 12” deep. All the drawers and the top compartment are lined with felt, and the closest section of the top is a ring holder I made from some closed cell foam and felt. Most of the hardware is solid brass except the piano hinges are brass plated. Also, although it really doesn’t matter I guess, only a couple of the hooks were made outside north america. The rest was new old stock at a nearby hardware store, so all made in USA or Canada.

Finally, I will apologize for the photography. I turned every light in the room on and opened the blinds, and still could not get enough light, so had to use the flash. That of course caused a lot of glare and also makes the color contrast look a lot different than it does in person.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-10-2014 08:32 PM

I really like all the details, including the sides.

Well done. She should really enjoy using it for years to come.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#2 posted 09-10-2014 09:07 PM

Thanks Brad. My daughter is already looking forward to inheriting it!

Forgot to mention that the finish is light walnut Watco danish oil followed by 8 or 9 wipe on coats of a 50/50 mix of minwax gloss poly and mineral spirits.

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#3 posted 09-10-2014 09:47 PM

Thanks. I was going to ask what finish. Very nice workmanship. How did you do the shaping of the legs?

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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Paul Maurer

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#4 posted 09-11-2014 12:19 AM

Very nice. All ready an heirloom.

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#5 posted 09-11-2014 01:11 AM

Gorgeous! I love walnut, and you did a fantastic job finishing it.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 09-11-2014 01:13 AM

I made the legs by gluing up an appropriately sized blank then used a pattern I found online to make a template which I traced onto the blank. I then bought a band saw and used it to cut out the rough shape, and used a spokeshave, rasps and sandpaper to do the final shaping.

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#7 posted 09-11-2014 03:53 AM

That’s some top shelf stuff there. Super nice armoire. Bet she loves it…

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Billy E

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#8 posted 09-11-2014 12:49 PM

Just wondering-did the oak accents get the light walnut danish oil also? Looks great.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#9 posted 09-11-2014 03:38 PM

Hi Billy. The oak inlay strips on the doors did but the drawer pulls and mirror frame did not get any of the danish oil. I tried to figure a way to put in the strips after putting on the oil but knew I needed to oversize the strips then sand smooth and did not think I could do that without scratching the finished surface.

I wound up doing a test piece first and figured out that at least on something that small the light oil really didn’t seem to change the color much, so I put them in, sanded smooth then oiled the whole thing.

Good question too, since that was one of the biggest head scratchers I had on this.

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#10 posted 09-12-2014 04:53 PM

Interesting style.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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