7 Drawer Jewelry Cabinet

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Project by Keith Shipp posted 09-01-2012 03:34 PM 2451 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I actually made two cabinets. One for my sister and one for my sister-in-law. They are 17 in tall 14 in wide and 10.5 in deep. Most of the materials are scrap harvest. The case a glue up of oak stock from a demolished storefront and oak plywood. The drawers are poplar that I purchased and ripped to 3/8. The drawer fronts are maple flooring milled down and some scrap walnut for the mortised in drawer pulls. The finish is water based poly, gloss first then satin to tone the black down. the drawers are sealer inside and gloss on the fronts. Case finish started with sealer de-waxed shellac and black trans-tint liquid dye. I wanted Jet Black and the information how to get it came from Matt Seiler from MS Woodcraft. Thanks Matt it worked just as you said. I was looking for a way to have clean likes and contrast. The color choice came from all the black lacquer oriental styled furniture I have seen. I felt the natural color of maple best for the drawers. When you sand maple it’s white but when it’s finished it softens naturally with hint of amber and brown. Drawer guides are solid maple runners in a birch plywood glued into the inside of the cabinet. They slide beautifully but they add weight to the cabinet. Its a bit heavier than I expected but since I didn’t have a plan to go from I winged it and this is the result.

-- Keith, Bolingbrook, Illinois. The way I figure it I only have the rest of my life to get good at this...

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#1 posted 09-01-2012 04:07 PM

Great work Keith, I know that the ladies appreciate having a brother/brother-in-law that has this kind of talent.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 05:25 PM

Nicely done! I especially like the spalted bottoms of the drawers.

They must have a lot of jewelry…better not let my wife see these.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 09-01-2012 06:28 PM


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#4 posted 09-01-2012 07:50 PM

You did a really nice job of these

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 09-02-2012 03:09 AM

I’ve been using India Ink for my jet black pieces, but that would never work for this volume of black.
I think I’ll try the trans-tint liquid dye. Oh yeah, nice job!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#6 posted 09-02-2012 04:33 AM

Very nice.. I like how you made use of your grain pattern for the drawers.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#7 posted 09-02-2012 04:54 AM

Great boxes, thanks for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 09-02-2012 08:34 AM

I like contrast you managed to made

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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