Oak Jewelry Cabinet

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Project by William posted 05-05-2012 01:26 AM 12782 views 34 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mother’s day coming up quickly. I do not have the money this year to get my wife something nice, so I made her this.
This jewelry cabinet is made entirely of oak. It is sixteen inches wide, twenty four inches tall and twelve inches deep. Once I had it built, I realized something else. It is heavy. It is finished with Minwax Gloss Polyurethane.
As you can see, it has six drawers. The drawers slide on wooden slides. The two sides open to expose ten hooks on each side to hang things such as necklaces and bracelets on.
If you’ like to see the build of this cabinet, I did blog about it. You can see it at the following links.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
If you notice all the box joints in this project, I cut all those using a shop built design I recently built. You can see more about it here.
As for the design of this project, I can’t take credit for it. Every design idea I had while building it were things i’d seen on other jewelry boxes here and there. However, I did not use any plans to build it. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even write anything down from start to finish. I just sort of made it up as I went along. I made for a fun build.


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#1 posted 05-05-2012 01:38 AM

William I love the show of joinery. It is very pretty, she will love it. Things that are made bu hand mean so much more. This should be big brownie points.
Nice job my friend, nice job.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 05-05-2012 01:43 AM

William, Money couldn’t buy a gift like this. She’ll love it…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#3 posted 05-05-2012 01:50 AM

Looks great. The finger joints looking very well done. Sure to be cherished.

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#4 posted 05-05-2012 01:59 AM

Thanks guys.
I’m sure she’ll like it.
Or at least I’m sure she’ll tell me she likes it.

If not, there’s always that test I’ve been wanting to try to find out just how flammable polyurethane is.


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#5 posted 05-05-2012 02:11 AM

Hey William – this really turned out great – I’m a big fan of the exposed joinery also….also a fan of the build it as you go approach…matter of fact, that how these were built. Keep churning out the great projects…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 05-05-2012 02:20 AM

This is better than anything you could have bought her. Nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 05-05-2012 02:32 AM

That’s a great looking piece, the joints look fabulous. I couldn’t think of a better gift. Nicely done.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 05-05-2012 02:36 AM

A stunning gift, William!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 05-05-2012 02:40 AM

Good show.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#10 posted 05-05-2012 02:49 AM

That’s beautiful, well done! Looks like your box joint jig paid off big for you here. She is going to flip….......

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 05-05-2012 02:49 AM


Wow, you could go through a whole dado blade set just on this one project…box joints galore. How many passes over the blade do you think it took to build this? It looks like a work of love to me, and it will to her as well. Congratulations on a well conceived, sturdily built project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 05-05-2012 02:54 AM

Thank you all very much.
It seems thaat if she likes it as much as ya’ll do, I done good.

I wouldn’t even guess how many passes it took without sitting down and counting.
With the box joint machine though, it was a breeze.
Just for an estimate, it took about one hour to cut all the box joints for all the drawers using the box joint machine.


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#13 posted 05-05-2012 04:17 AM

A most unique chest great build and design.

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#14 posted 05-05-2012 04:37 AM

Nice work. Looks great!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 05-05-2012 09:09 AM

Wow! It’s beautiful. Must have taken a lot of work. Congratulations!

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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