Jewelry Case - African Mahogany

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Project by David705 posted 01-05-2016 08:25 PM 1284 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jewelry Cabinet i made for my wife.

Its African Mahogany dyed with a water based dye of brown mahogany and a few other reds and brown that I mixed until I liked the look. Then pour filled with a dyed black pour filler. HVLP lacquer finish that was wet sanded and buffed. Drawers and dowels for bracelets and accents are maple. Interior was spray flocked.

Fun project, but took a long time to buff out the finish. My wife wanted it to hang from the wall to keep the foot print as small as possible. So I used a french cleat system to attach it to the wall because this thing was seriously heavy once completed and I didn’t want it falling off the wall in the middle of the night.

Cut the coves for the mirror frame on the table saw, then used reinforced miters on the corners that I then ran a three inch screw into which was plugged with mahogany. That was one of the major design challenges. I wanted mitered corners but they had to hold the weight of the frame and a mirror etc without blowing apart.

I have been doing “real” wood working for a few years now but this was my most challenging project to date. It has its errors here and there like everything else but I learned a lot in the process and am pretty proud of this one.

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 01:43 PM

This turned out beautifully. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 01-06-2016 06:36 PM

Congratulations on a well designed and executed project. I have a similar project on my to do list and might steal this design ….

I’m curious though—six hinges? What’s your thinking on this? Was the mirror and frame that heavy?

Thanks for sharing.


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#3 posted 01-06-2016 06:38 PM

David705, very nice work. From the photos the finish looks very nice. I like how you used drawers on the side. Are they dovetails or box-joints? The flocking really enhances this project, something you should be very proud of.

-- Anthonyhbm

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#4 posted 01-07-2016 04:53 PM

Hey Guys,

Thanks for the comments. Short answer to your questions. The six hinges might have been overkill, but I didn’t want to risk it. The mirror and frame are not inset and any sag in the hinges over time would have made everything look just bad. The mirror, frame, and earring holder probably weigh 40lbs all together and with nothing holding up the other side of the door I just didn’t want to take a chance on it sagging over time. The original plan called for 4 hinges, but I added two at the last minute just because I figured 6 was better than four. Probably over kill but I didn’t want to find out the hard way. Even with the six hinges it has probably sagged about 1/32 over the last 6 months.

Second Question:

The drawers are box joints, but the case itself is dovetails. Like all wood workers I like seeing the joinery and it is the strongest joint you can make to hold a case like this together. I really can’t stress how heavy this thing ended up being. the frame is 6 quarter mahogany with a 1/4 inch mirror and 1/4 inch plywood backer. The case itself once completed is easily 30lbs. So its probably 70+ lbs in total. If I was going to spend this much time making something like this I wanted it to last forever and not slowly come apart. Once again some things might have been overkill but I figured who cares since it didn’t affect the design much to over build.


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#5 posted 01-10-2016 07:25 PM

it’s beautiful! I just finished one of a similar design made completely from recycled pallet wood. I have some pics posted. congrats and good luck on your next project

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