Jewelery Armrmoire I

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Project by newTim posted 07-11-2008 09:45 AM 3266 views 13 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my niece asked for a Jewelry Armoire for a graduation gift I was immediatly out of my comfort zone as I’ve never heard such a thing. After a few internet search sessions I was swamped with differenet styles, sizes, and funcionts. I got the inspiration for this project from a David Marks open book case design which incorporated eqyptian ebonized feet which I liked. Thet idea was to make it look like a Japanese screen or cabinet with some eqyptian elements.

The reddish wood is Bubinga, the door panels are Birds Maple Veneer, the drawer fronts are solid Birds Maple dovetailed to Poplar. The side doors are lined in velvet as are the top storage/display area and the top five drawers. There are nine total drawers, the bottom has a secret compartment accessable from the back. Yoou can see this in Jewelry Armoire III

That was a challenging projec which presented many tradeoffs for the joinery of the top and doors. I was in way over my head so I got to learn a lot which is a great thing.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 07-11-2008 10:09 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#2 posted 07-11-2008 10:31 AM

that is slick, i have been looking for a similar design for my mom who has enough jewlerey to warrant a jewlery dresser. which ,that said, might be an idea. thanks for the epiphany

-- "No need to measure, just cut" Hans

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#3 posted 07-11-2008 12:48 PM

the project looks like it came out great, I’m sure your neice will love it!
the colors all look fantastic.
thanks for all the detailed pics.

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#4 posted 07-11-2008 01:09 PM

Very nicely designed. I really like your selection of materials. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 07-11-2008 01:44 PM

I checked out all 3 postings, every thing looks great. The arnoire is beautiful, your niece must love it.
Very good build

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#6 posted 07-11-2008 02:49 PM

Freat project! Looks like you made 100 of these before!

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

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#7 posted 07-11-2008 04:31 PM

Looks great, thanks for sharing

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#8 posted 07-11-2008 04:51 PM

Beautiful job! I love the contrast with the maple and bubinga. Your niece is one lucky woman!

-- Calgary Bill

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#9 posted 07-11-2008 05:41 PM

This is gorgeous! Great job and great design.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 07-11-2008 05:56 PM

That is incredibly good. Your niece is going to be stunned.

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#11 posted 07-11-2008 06:57 PM

Hi Tim,

Beautiful piece! Love the contrast between the bubinga and bird’s eye maple. What are the pulls made of? Nice to see another Sacramento Area LJ. I am just up the street in Folsom. Great Work.

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#12 posted 07-11-2008 07:47 PM

Thanks one and all for the kind words. Pictures hide alot of mistakes.

BFD… since you are so close perhaps we can get together sometime? I’m near Madison & Main up the hill from Lake Natoma.

I have many questions but one in particular is about sanding grits. Oftentimes I’ve seen videos and articles instructing to only sand up to 180 or 220. On this piece I went ahead and sanded the show surfaces to 400 and the finish came out great, better than the areas that were sanded to 180/220. So what gives?

Many thanks for the kinds words…

-- tim hill

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#13 posted 07-11-2008 11:47 PM

Tim, your niece must be thrilled with this…you did a fantastic job on it. Very striking.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#14 posted 07-12-2008 03:29 AM

Great job. The contrast in wood you chose was a great choice.

-- Rusty

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#15 posted 07-12-2008 05:13 AM

Terrific design and craftsmanship Tim. I really like this a lot.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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