Oak Jewelry Armoire

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Project by TJV posted 09-16-2008 10:19 PM 29877 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started with a buddy of mine that owns a wood pallet business. He asked me if I could use some Oak that he had over stocked. The Oak was green and I had to stack it for over a year to get it aged. I made a mistake and stacked it in my basement, when I should have stacked it in my attic!

At any-rate, my wife asked me to build her a Jewelry Armoire to match our Oak bedroom furniture. I found plans for this Armoire in one of my wood working magazines and started milling this Oak. I had to scrap most of this free lumber I got get rid of the knots. I salvaged enough to build this project but I encountered one problem, you guessed it: a couple of the drawers stick a bit in the hot summer months. There are two side compartments for necklaces etc..

My wife has accepted this small convenience, considering the price we paid for the lumber. This was a challenging but fun project to build.

My lovely wife is since gotten into a new hobby of jewelery making, so I’m sure I will be getting a crack at building more jewelery storage!

-- Tom, "I love the smell of sawdust"!

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#1 posted 09-16-2008 10:40 PM

Very nice and you can’t beat the price.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Randy Sharp

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#2 posted 09-16-2008 10:50 PM

A beautiful piece! Great work Tom!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#3 posted 09-16-2008 11:52 PM

Great job.
To my surprise, your friend use Oak to make wooden pallet?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 09-17-2008 12:04 AM

looks great. As for the sticky drawers: you can just send it to me in Wyoming. (no more pesky humidity to swell the wood.) AND then I wouldn’t have to build one for my wife. so you see, it will all work out perfectly. :-)

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#5 posted 09-17-2008 12:22 AM

That looks like it will hold a lot of jewelry. I really like the straight lins of the drawers.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 09-17-2008 04:55 AM

Nice looking jewelry cabinet. Thanks for sharing Tom.

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

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Douglas Krueger

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#7 posted 09-17-2008 04:37 PM

My wife is requesting a jewelry armoire, could you please do me a favor and delete it from your projects before she sees it?

I really like the design, the lines are clean with a touch of elegance.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#8 posted 09-17-2008 06:45 PM

beautiful piece!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#9 posted 06-03-2009 01:33 AM

I make jewelry boxes but not armoire types…you will need woodworking tools…table saw , router. clamps and glue…if you dont have a jointer and planer you will have to buy your wood already planed…cut your pieces to size glue up the carcass and make the drawers and door.. [edited]


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#10 posted 06-03-2009 06:24 AM

very nice jewelry cabinet


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#11 posted 06-10-2009 09:00 AM

I am looking for plans on the web but cant find any. I have all the tools to do the work, but I have never done actual furniture. That’s why i’m looking for some plans. Any ideas on where to find some plans? [edited to remove business link]


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#12 posted 06-11-2009 08:06 PM

We are remodeling a mountain home that has red and white oak wood floors…Having a hard time deciding on type of wood we should use on kitchen cabinets.. There is also stained white pine tongue and groove on ceilings…


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#13 posted 07-03-2009 01:17 AM

That’s a beautiful piece you have there, do you use a planer to get the wood in that condition?

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#14 posted 11-22-2009 04:51 PM

nice job on cabinet, where did you get plans. am looking to build one and i really like this design

-- kevin from ne alabama: please lets keep the digits where they belong

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#15 posted 12-16-2009 03:37 AM

It looks like an antique and it is very well made. I just imagine the hardwork you and your friend put in this cabinet.

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