Jewelry Armory

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Project by splintergroup posted 08-28-2017 04:42 PM 3243 views 20 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, actually it’s a jewelry armoire, but anyone with enough bling to fill this unit up really has an arsenal that needs an armory 8^)

What a long strange trip this has been! Purely a prototype that I still hope to sell, but plenty of goofs that tested my creative repair skills.

The basics

Dimensions are about 15”x20”x8”
Primary wood is walnut, drawers are ambrosia maple, the door frames are ipe, door panels are birdseye zebra wood (exterior) and red gum (interior).
Finish is Watco dark walnut, Homers tung oil finish, and a coat of Minwhack “special dark” paste wax.

Over 200 parts and several months of weekends, glad to be finished.

The body

The cabinet is walnut with a walnut veneer. Why? because I cut up an 8/4×9” x 8’ walnut plank that ended up being mostly useless for this project (description of the problem in this forum post )

I had wanted to use a single board for the project, consistent color/grain, usual reasons. After not finding a good set of top/sides from that plank, I decided to just veneer them. problem solved (at an increase in cost of course).

The parts are joined with mortice and loose tenons. The center divider and shelf are walnut. a mirror fills the rear of the top section.

The base

To get away from a simple square box to something that could sit on a dresser, I wanted a simple base:

The feet were made in pairs from a single piece of wood. The curvature on the sides conformed to my drum sander so it was relatively easy to create the cove. The four feet are joined by “aprons”, M/T’d into the feet.

The doors

Frames are stub tenon, made from ipe. I had run out of useable length wood from the plank . Lesson: don’t cut a plank into proper lengths until you confirm there is useable wood within 8^).

Ipe is the closest wood I had, color/grain wise, to walnut (but not quite right). I fumed the frame pieces and applied the Watco to get the dark color. It worked well and since these parts are separate from the rest of the case, an exact match doesn’t really matter.

The panels are some birds-eye zebra wood and red gum I had collecting dust.

Knife hinges are Brusso’s, expensive as all get-out. My first time installing them but a recent FWW article described a method that worked out fairly well.

I had scrounged around on eBay looking for unique/CHEAP hardware for the necklace hangers and pulls. Built up a small collection but eventually decided to roll my own. The doors have some 1/8” copper rivets for necklace hangers and 1/4” rod for pulls

Super magnets keep the doors closed. I made the holes in the interior shelf extra deep so I could recess the magnets a bit to fine tune the latching strength. There is about a 1/16” air gap between the door/shelf magnet.

I applied epoxy to the hole and tapped the magnet in deeper until the pull force was where I wanted it.

The drawers

Ambrosia maple, book matched and sequenced. The center drawers had a figure similar to the top/bottoms, but silly me cut them slightly too narrow and I had to make some replacements from a less figured section of maple.

The pulls are walnut profiled on the router table before being sectioned.

Simple rabbets for joinery.

Twelve trays for these eight drawers, four of each configuration shown.

Appreciate any comments/critique
Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 08-28-2017 04:51 PM

That is beautiful. Very well done!

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#2 posted 08-28-2017 05:13 PM

Wow , that’s a nice piece, especially love the zebra wood panels!
I will have to say we’re on the same page with projects.

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 08-28-2017 05:42 PM

This is an outstanding armoire and displays a lot of nice details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 08-28-2017 05:51 PM

Thanks JA, Doug, Charles 8^)

Wow , that s a nice piece, especially love the zebra wood panels!
I will have to say we re on the same page with projects.

- CampD

Yeah, This was the project I was just beginning when Art (AandCstyle) preempted and published his own walnut/zebrawood armoire project.
I had been hoping his shutters would be keeping him busy, but I’ve been playing catchup ever since. 8^)

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#5 posted 08-28-2017 06:08 PM

This is a really beautiful piece. I love the choice of woods. Very nicely executed as well, excellent craftsmanship.
Well done, thanks for sharing!

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium -

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Dan P

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#6 posted 08-28-2017 06:29 PM

That is a beautiful piece of work. Those stripes blend in perfectly!

-- Daniel P

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#7 posted 08-28-2017 06:50 PM

This is a really beautiful piece. I love the choice of woods. Very nicely executed as well, excellent craftsmanship.
Well done, thanks for sharing!

- Bernard58


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 08-28-2017 06:53 PM

What a challenge this must’ve been, this is quite beautiful and I’m very impressed with the Quality of your work and your style.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#9 posted 08-28-2017 06:58 PM

Thanks Bernard, Dan, rjR and Jerry!

It was a challenge partly from being designed on the fly and partly from having to sand, edge-break all those corners on all those trays 8^)

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#10 posted 08-28-2017 07:06 PM

Oh yeah, this is great. Really like the pulls on the exterior. Nice looking!

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#11 posted 08-28-2017 08:48 PM

Just wow. I mean, usually these gorgeous projects are well executed pieces with incredible wood. In this case, not only is it incredible wood with excellent execution, it has such wonderful little artistic decisions and accents. Bravo. In my favorites for sure!

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#12 posted 08-28-2017 09:16 PM

Hey, Splint, you have created another masterpiece! Now I feel like a real slacker; your attention to detail is outstanding, I especially like the copper hardware. Did you coat it with anything so it will stay shiny? Then, there is the very creative design, although the drawer dividers look a bit thick to my eye. I hope you can buy a new Festool with the proceeds of the sale. :)

P.S. The shutter project is complete. Whew!!!

-- Art

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#13 posted 08-28-2017 09:34 PM

Thanks for the encouragement guys 8^)

Art, your not-a-slacker score has max bonus points after those shutters (oy!)
The copper was cleaned up (drill press) with sandpaper and steel wool, the door parts got hit with the varnish and wax while the necklace hangers only got wax. There is really no way to keep copper shiny!

Drawer dividers are .210”, same width as a single blade in my box joint blade set. I like this blade because it gives me perfectly flat grooves. A 1/8” kerf FTG rip blade works well, but I find 1/8” thick dividers a tad thin to work with (but they would look less chunky!). I’d like to find a FTG blade in 3/16”.

I do hope it sells, however adding up my materials cost means maybe I can buy some paper for my Festool sander 8^)

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 08-28-2017 10:40 PM

Beautiful jewelry armoire! Very nice design!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#15 posted 08-28-2017 11:05 PM

very impressive..nomatter where I look there are great woods&, super details. love the door handles. congrats on a lovely piece.

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