Jewelery Chest

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Project by DonJ posted 06-02-2010 04:16 AM 2493 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a jewelery chest I just finished for my wife; actually, I’ll be putting a second layer removable tray in each drawer with divisions similar to what is in each drawer. It is similar to others I have seen posted. My wife likes the combination of walnut and Zebra wood, so hence the wood selection. I also added the raised panels, as I just like that look. The finish is sprayed on lacquer. Thanks for looking.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 06-02-2010 04:22 AM

Wow Don
This is an amazing jewelry chest great wood and fantastic design.


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#2 posted 06-02-2010 04:44 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Made a jewelry chest using walnut for my fiance a while ago and was meaning to post it on here. Not sure I want to anymore…

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 05:02 AM

Nice work DonJ

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 05:03 AM

That is just beautiful I love the combination of woods. That will be a family heirloom forever!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 05:11 AM

That is so cool Don. your wife is one lucky Lady

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 05:20 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 06-02-2010 05:35 AM

I really like that combination of wood too! Great job!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#8 posted 06-02-2010 07:36 AM

Wow. This is great. Is the velvet fitted during the construction or just laid after the drawer is done. I have one armoire on going construction and I like to use velvet on the drawers.
Thanks for posting.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 06-02-2010 10:33 AM

I think this is just beautiful, I love the combination of woods.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 06-02-2010 06:04 PM


I actually used felt. There are many different colors at your local fabric shop, and a yard for around $4 will go a long ways. I cut poster board (the cheap and somewhat flimsy stuff) the same size as the bottom and sprayed one side with spray adhesive and stuck the felt to that and then trimmed the excess felt off. It just slides in and the division pieces hold it down. On the top area that doesnt have divisions, I did the bottom the same way, and then did one side at a time, but had to double stick tape those to the sides.


I sort of had the “heirloom” aspect in mind when I built it. I wrote little love notes to my wife and one to all three of my boys on the back side of each drawer front. Someday they will accidently come across those notes and hopefully have a fond laugh.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#11 posted 06-02-2010 07:39 PM

Really nice combination of woods. Is there a plan floating around for this out in cyberspace. It seems that there are a lot of this style Jewelery chests out there.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 06-03-2010 12:47 AM


The basic plan I used was from U-Build, Inc and was labeled: Jewelry & Lingerie Chest Plan No. 830. It really needs enhancing, as everything is glued and nailed together…no dados, etc. The basic changes I made, other than using dado construction, was to not have any larger drawers for lingerie and make all the drawers the same depth; I also added the raised panel aspects to the construction and included the divisions for each drawer. Other than that, I kept the overall dimensions of the plan.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#13 posted 09-20-2010 01:17 AM

Don thats stunning lovely wood combination

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#14 posted 01-15-2012 01:30 AM

a very awesome wood combo, and well designed jewel chest. very very nice

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