Jewelry "Box" for my wife #1: Finding the right plans

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Blog entry by godfreja posted 01-29-2009 06:35 AM 1007 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m starting to prepare for my first “solo” project. I did some woodworking in junior high, and last spring I took a woodworking class where we made a mantle clock. I don’t remember much from the junior high class, and in my mantle clock class a lot of the tool setup was taken care of. I expect this project will be quite the learning experience.

The first item in things I haven’t had to do before is find a plan. I’m looking to build something my wife can keep her jewelry in. The choices are limited by the fact that she wants one where she can hang her necklaces instead of keeping them in a drawer.

After some searching around (and checking on veto’s from my wife) I’m leaning towards this one from Rockler:

Lingerie And Jewelry Chest

but I’m curious if anyone has any comments on it or any other plans.

I probably won’t be able to start really working on this project until April. That’s when the next open woodshop session at the community center opens up. That will give me plenty of time to find and get acquainted with the plans before I start making sawdust.

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#1 posted 01-29-2009 01:10 PM

OR something like this one at

IMHO it also looks nice – in PDF for $5.95 or Mail Direct Printed Plan for $8.95.
Good luck with your search!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 01-29-2009 05:22 PM

My wife was on her way home and someone had put the same one from Rockler in the trash, nothing wrong with it just did not want it I guess. I remember thinking “How come she bought that” I was somewhat put out thinking she had gone and bought something I could have made for her. Turns out it was just laminated particle board so now I have a prototype. I still have that Quilted Makore and could incorporate it into the chest

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#3 posted 01-29-2009 07:35 PM

I designed and built my own version. It really wasn’t that hard to figure out the dimensions. You can check out pictures on my project page

Some things I noticed from your picture. You may want to add a mirror to the bottom of the top. I used 1/4” glass but wish I had checked in to 1/8” as it weighs less. I just routed out an area for the mirror and took the top to a glass company. It only cost $15 or so and was cut to a perfect fit. They also glued it in for me although this too is not difficult.

Also check to see if the lid is supported when opened or does it just lean against the wall. I’d look in to Soss hinges to see if they would hold the lid open at 100 degrees + or -. A soft close feature would also help.

Rockler (I think) sells various colors of self-adhering felt, but last time I looked they were limited to 24” lengths. The material is very easy to use. They also sell matching ring dividers that can easily be cut to fit.

Hope this helps… good luck and best wishes on your project.

-- tim hill

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