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Jewelry Cabinet in Birdseye Maple

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Project by Steve posted 04-22-2019 07:47 PM 429 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this birdseye maple cabinet today. I’ve made quite a few small cabinets similar in style, but this one had a number of firsts: first time using birdseye maple, first swing-out earring storage mesh and the first time using glass instead of wood for a door panel.

The cabinet was made from rough 6/4 stock. The figure varied greatly—from densely packed swirls in places to almost no figure at all in others. I tried to feature the most highly-figured pieces in prominent places with varying degrees of success.

I used multiple coats of shellac followed by multiple coats of satin, water-based poly to get the right sheen. Unfortunately, my photography doesn’t quite capture the depth of the finished piece, which is almost 3-dimensional in the right light.

-- ~Steve





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trialrun

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#1 posted 04-23-2019 02:40 PM

came out great, love the texture/style of glass you used. Where did you source the glass and wire mesh from?

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Steve

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#2 posted 04-23-2019 03:29 PM

Thanks! I sourced the glass from a local glass shop—one of the few things I’ve found that’s cheaper in person than online. The mesh was an Amazon find: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N7VKM8G/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

~Steve

-- ~Steve

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#3 posted 04-24-2019 12:30 AM

A beautiful piece. I also love the glass not to mention the Birdseye maple. Great job!

-- AJ

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#4 posted 04-24-2019 03:13 AM

I LOVE that glass! The bird’s-eye maple makes it stellar.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 05-09-2019 04:15 AM

The storage cabinet didn’t look very deep from the front but I’m sure that it can hold quite a lot of things, looking at its depth from the side. What have you decided to use the cabinets for? Plenty of things can go into self storage in there!

-- Cameron Robertson, Manager of storage Dee Why - http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/sydney/northern-beaches/self-storage/cameron-robertson/

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Steve

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#6 posted 05-09-2019 02:56 PM


The storage cabinet didn t look very deep from the front but I m sure that it can hold quite a lot of things, looking at its depth from the side. What have you decided to use the cabinets for? Plenty of things can go into self storage in there!

- Cameron Robertson

It’s hard to capture the cabinet in photos because it’s so tall. This was designed as a jewelry cabinet. The lower section has “popsicle stick” style necklace hangers along with the two turned pegs for watches or bracelets. The shelves are for rings, etc. Above the stainless steel mesh stores earrings. It swings out on hinges to provide access to the backs.

I make a lot of similar cabinets based on client needs, but rarely in exotic wood like this (which is pretty stressful, actually). This tall, four-door version in walnut (with a different interior setup) is in progress at the moment.

~Steve

-- ~Steve

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