Necklace Armoire

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Project by mrsKennyMak posted 08-10-2015 04:01 AM 1584 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all! I just had a spare half hour, and my tech problems are on loan, so I thought, hey, it’s been a while! (I’ve had this written out for a few months!) Kenny’s made a few other pieces, recently, that I’ll try to post soon. m.
Here’s Kenny’s description:
“This necklace armoire was a pretty challenging project.
“I used a length of eastern maple—just a really nice straight board that I’d been saving for a long time. I grain matched the left side, top, and right side together (although I got a bit of a cold chill when I initially did the arithmetic and realized it wasn’t long enough to go all the way around the bottom); but I used a different piece of wood for the bottom. Overall, I think my grain-matching of the two sides to the top was a pretty good save!
“The walnut on the outside front, outside back, and inside back came from a really nice board that I thought would be perfect; so I cut it into three thin pieces. The two back pieces (interior and exterior) sandwich a thin piece of MDF. And because I wanted to keep the door as lightweight as possible, I rabbetted a thin piece of birch to the inside of the door, and then glued the walnut piece onto the front. I also used a really nice piece of figured walnut for the handle.
“The ready-to-install carousels that I could have ordered were, in my opinion, a waste of good chain-hanging space, so I finally decided to make my own. We did a lot of research, and I looked at a LOT of carousels—for size, shape, functionality, design. I liked some features, didn’t like others, then took what I liked and fashioned them into this design.
“I mounted my two carousels to the ceiling of the armoire with rotary hinges (invisible but So invaluable!); and when the door is open, the carousels protrude, a little, so that the necklaces are right at one’s fingertips and easy to spin! The hooks suit the carousels and armoire; but for my next iteration, I think I might build some wooden posts instead of using the brass hooks…
“At the bottom-interior of the armoire, an eastern maple tray, lined with cobalt blue fleece, fits snugly with a rare earth magnet. A long, one-slot ring setting is at the tray’s front, and the back half—a bit more than half—of the shallow tray can hold bracelets, cufflinks, etc.
“The ornamental panel on the inside of the door is basswood. I used a pyrography-friendly design that would complement a few of the fonts we were considering, for the birthday girl’s name and personality. (And we particularly liked the way Carly’s woodburned name melded with the orchid!
“When the woodburning was complete, I put the finish on each piece, separately (before I began the gluing and mounting)—with one coat of tung oil wood sealer and three coats of polymerized tung oil. Then I sanded the back of the basswood panel, and framed out the dimensions, with painter’s tape, onto the front of the bigger walnut piece. Then I chiselled and sandpapered the finish on the walnut (inside the painters-tape frame, up to 1mm from the perimeter); and then I glued the basswood to the walnut.
“I followed the same procedure with the birch interior of the door—using painter’s tape to frame out the walnut panel’s dimensions onto the birch, then chiselling and sandpapering the finish from within the painters-tape frame, and then gluing the basswood-on-walnut panel onto the door’s birch interior.
“The rectangular base of the armoire comprises four pieces (two pairs) of eastern maple isosceles triangles—and measured, cut, and fitted together so that the vertices would meet in the centre. Then I put one walnut spline in each corner of the base.
“I wanted to provide some space between the armoire and the base, for the door to swing freely, without the door’s bottom sliding against the top of the base; so I fitted six walnut pegs into the base, up through a spacer plate, and right into the bottom of the armoire. (Yes, it’s Solid!)
“All in all, this armoire is one of my favourite personal bests, and I’d love to build a few more, sometime soon!”
PS: Including the base, it’s approximately 15.5×9.5×6.0”
Without the base, it’s approx. 14.5×8.0×4.5”

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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#1 posted 08-10-2015 04:08 PM

this is a beautiful job kenny, your skill shows for sure, and your ability to design your own work is a gift from God, i love the way you made the inside taking all of the spaces into consideration and going forward with your plan, ive missed your work kenny…we better get maureen movin a bit faster getting your work posted….lol…thanks for sharing this beautiful piece….im wishing you the best…;)

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#2 posted 08-10-2015 07:15 PM

Mighty fine.

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#3 posted 08-10-2015 09:34 PM

Very nice

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#4 posted 08-11-2015 07:07 AM

Thank you Bob! Kenny and I both thought it was really nice to “hear” from you again—and such kind words! We both hope you’re doing as well as can be!
Thanks also to Charles, Roger, and Blackie!

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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#5 posted 05-19-2017 11:16 AM

This is an outstanding box and is beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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