Jewelry Case for My Wife

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Project by Freddo posted 01-02-2014 12:48 AM 3145 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelry case is a small chest of nine drawers I built for my beautiful (and extremely patient) wife; she really is awesome. We designed it together based on her needs (current and future). After we came up with the drawer requirements and sizes, I designed the case using ACAD and away I went.

The overall case dimensions are: 13” wide x 16” high x 9” deep. The drawer fronts are 1-1/2” high and there is 1-1/4” of depth inside the drawers. All nine drawers have the same dimensions. The top four drawers have twenty compartments in each, the three drawers below them have six compartments in each, and the bottom two drawers have three compartments each. It was quite a detailed piece but I enjoyed the process and the finished product is nicer than I imagined it would be. Mahogany, when Danish oil is applied to its surface, explodes with beauty (some of the figured maple used in the project too) – just awesome!

The case top, bottom, and sides were made from some large thick mahogany cutoffs I received from a friend years ago (thanks Brad), as are the drawer fronts and inlays. The drawer sides, backs, and dividers are all made from maple (some figured). The case back and drawer bottoms were made from thin birch plywood. The drawer’s sides have dados and they glide on oak runners let into the case’s sides. Self-adhesive blue velvet material lines the drawer bottoms and the solid brass knobs are from Brusso.

This is by far the most intricate and detailed project I’ve built and would do it all over again. I only wish time in the shop was easier to get. I hope this inspires any of you wanting to take on something new, or different than you’re used to. There were some design issues I had to deal with, some tool setups that were tricky to sort out (and keep “safe”), etc. But at the end of the day, we can look at our work (after only seeing it on paper) and be grateful for the gift we have enabling us to make things from the amazing resource we call “wood”.

-- God bless! Freddo (Northern - NJ) Our Creator designed us to create - so use WOOD!

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 01:27 AM

beautiful jewellery case. I like the inlay on the front it looks great. The inside with all the various compartments and blue velvet looks just as nice. It shows a great attention to detail. But extra compartments…. Was that a good idea? I’m sure you will enjoy helping your wife fill up any currently used compartments!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 01:59 AM

Wow, that is really cool. Extra compartments, now we have to wonder if you were affected by the glue. Very nicely done.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 02:05 AM

Very nice job!

I love the wooden drawer slides.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 03:12 AM

Great job Your talent really shines in this project.

-- John

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#5 posted 01-02-2014 03:17 AM

Very nice project. Thanks for sharing the material details.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#6 posted 01-02-2014 03:19 AM

Thanks all!
OK > the extra compartments = more stuff my honey; she’s totally worth it. I’m not too sure it was glue fumes “bugz” but hey – maybe that contributed. I would hope she’d find the empty compartment I’m creating in my workshop for a bandsaw (hee hee).

-- God bless! Freddo (Northern - NJ) Our Creator designed us to create - so use WOOD!

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#7 posted 01-02-2014 08:16 PM

very nice job on this set of drawers. I would never let the wife of mine near it (just kidding) as it is too precious for diamonds and pearls it should be kept as a workshop chest.LOL . A wonderful example beautiful work. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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