Jewelry Cabinet

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Project by StanM posted 12-25-2011 05:11 AM 1489 views 5 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a jewelry cabinet I made for my mother in law for Christmas. This was my first large project, and there were a lot of firsts for me in this one. The design and construction were dreamed up as I went. I had no real plan other than a few quick sketches. I seem to work best that way. The rear of the door has a couple of sheets of plastic canvas framed out. This is for earring storage. The bottom section was left empty as I wasn’t sure what to do to fill that area at the time. This also left it open for her for have more earring storage, which can be added if needed. In the cabinet, I added two shelves as well as two more shelves with ring holders. I was shocked by the price of turning necklace holders, so decided to fashion some of my own from wood and bolts. The design was actually easy to make and turned out well (and cost A LOT less too!). The whole unit is held to the wall using a simple cleat as shown in the last photo. When it came to finishing, a darker finish was desired. I quickly found out that maple does not take stain well! So after some research I found that I needed to dye it rather than use a typical pigment based stain. So the finish is aniline dye to get the colour, followed by a coat of BLO to bring out the grain a little, then sealer, then a few coats of poly and finally a few coats of wax. Considering it was my first large project, I was very happy with the way it turned out. The mother in law loved it too!

-- -- Stan

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#1 posted 12-25-2011 08:36 AM

Unique design well done. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.


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#2 posted 01-02-2012 06:15 AM

Great job Stan!!!

This turned out amazing! Looks fantastic – I really like the way your stain turned out.

For some reason I pictured it sitting on the ground but the french cleat looks really nice and the whole project looks classy hanging on the wall. Really great job on the inside as well. Hadn’t thought about necklace holders with the spindle design but they turned out really well.

Once again excellent work sir!! Looking forwards to the next one! Keep busy buddy!


-- -- Mike

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