Oak Lingerie/Jewelry chest

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 10-16-2011 11:16 PM 2965 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Lingerie/Jewelry chest last fall as a Christmas present for my wife, it started out as a Lingerie chest then I decided to make room for concealed jewelry tray in place of the seventh drawer. The top lid of the chest lifts opens to reveal the removable jewelry tray. I used Torsion Hinge Lid Supports from Rockler for the top so the lid stays open at any angle, then mortised the hinges to allow the top to set flush on the chest when closed.

The wood is rift sawn red oak finished with Minwax Early American stain then a few coats of an oil and poly mix

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 11:24 PM

great work there tim

bet the wife is very happy

nice lid for the tray
good idea

you had me worried with the header
(i keep my lingerie
in a shoe box under the bed) lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 11:49 PM

Nice job, Tim – really looks good.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 11:52 PM

beautiful cabinet. I like it’s clean lines and upstanding stature. the box on top is a nice addition

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#4 posted 10-17-2011 01:36 AM

Very nice. The Jewelry storage is a great addition.
You are a lucky man if there is enough Lingerie to fill a chest with that many drawers. :)

-- Anthony

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#5 posted 10-17-2011 02:17 AM

Tim: Nice job. I hope to get back to mine. I’ve got 2 assembled to the point of needing to start the drawers.

It’s only been 6 years under construction.

Glad that you got yours done.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 10-17-2011 02:49 AM

Nice Tim.
I am with Karson, and have an unfinished one sitting in the corner.

I really like the top conversion. Very cool.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 10-17-2011 04:15 AM

Tim , did you give any thought to possibly adding a molding where the lid meets the cabinet in order to make the “hidden” compartment less obvious ? Is there also additional hiding space under the bottom drawer , or could you have made the drawer deeper instead ? Are the pulls also Oak ? Thanks.
Nice choice with the Oak : )

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#8 posted 10-17-2011 04:27 PM

That is gorgeous……........good work from wood choice to finish… wife would love that sort of thing. By the way, the bottle opener is doing its job in La Conner, and remains out in view….good to look at as well as use…........

We will be in La Conner for 4 days starting November 3, then off for a couple of weeks to a monster Disney bash with 20 family members….........Disney World, and a Disney Cruise. Celebrating my 70th birthday…............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 10-17-2011 07:17 PM

Tim, that’s a fine looking chest. I know your wife must have been thrilled over it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Tim Dahn

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#10 posted 10-18-2011 12:58 AM

Thanks all for the nice comments, much appreciated. My wife had to wait until this summer before it was completely finished but she was patient. Drawers always seem to take longer than expected, lot of dovetails…

@Dusty, No need for the molding, the lid sits tight and it is not something that normally lifts up so it it kind of hidden in plain sight. There is more hidden space at the bottom but you have to know how to get in ;). Did that sound right?

@ Jim, Glad to hear the opener is performing well. I still need to make additional openers and post a how to blog soon, Christmas is coming… Hope you enjoy some time off in Nov. We just returned from a Oklahoma trip, not much time to relax but did get to spend some time with friends and score some 30 year old Chestnut wood….stay tuned.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#11 posted 10-23-2011 12:53 AM

A great piece of furniture Tim.

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

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