Mother’s Day is coming up pretty quick. I decided to build my wife a jewelry cabinet for the occasion. I looked through magazines, online, and multiple plans I have saved on my computer. In the end though, I decided that I would just make it up as I go along. I like doing that from time to time. I’m talking about just building with nothing wrote or drawn on paper, just doing what suits me. So this design isn’t exactly my own still. It’s sort of a vision I have that is a kind of a collaboration of ideas I picked up here and ther from looking at other’s designs.
Here is the frame of the cabinet glued up. The upright pieces are set into dadoes on the top and bottom.
Inside of this will be drawers. The overhanging pieces on each side will have swing open panels with hooks for necklaces. Since we are getting scarece on floor space, I can’t make it a stand alone cabinet like I wanted, so I’m making it to set on top of here dresser. I’m thinking of adding some kind of small feet to it though. Also, the top, and possibly the bottom is not all there yet either. I plan on making an oversized piece with some kind of routed profile on the edges to go on top of that to set it off.
Then I took a piece of scrap and used as sort of a story stick to lay out how deep I want each drawer. There will be seven drawers of three different depths. This is the pieces for them. The three inch and four of the two inch drawers are already to size. The other two drawers will be trimmed for fitting later when I get it built up enough so I can be sure on those exact measurements.
Then I set up the Stumpy Nubs Box Joint Machine I built a while back to cut finger joints for the drawers. These will be exposed on the fronts of the drawers. When I was doing the test cuts when I built the machine, I found out my wife thinks these look prettier than dovetails, so I know she’ll like them exposed. Besides, once finish is applied, I like the look of box joints myself.
I really put the machine through it’s paces too. For seven drawers, that’s twenty eight pieces with box joints cut on each end, and it only took me about an hour to cut them all. With the fence idea and screw advance system on the machine, I was able to cut six pieces at a time.
Ya’ll don’t care about quantity and speed though. Ya’ll care about quality. Here are the seven drawers dry fitted together.
Then I reset my dado blade to slot all the pieces for the bottoms.
Then I glued them all up.
That’s where I decided to come fill all my friends in on what I’ve been doing, since I am waiting on glue to dry.
Well, I am thinking of heading back over and do some sanding. I can’t handle sitting here much tonight. I hope you all will stay tuned and see where this project goes. I plan to either make a real nice jewelry cabinet for my wife’s Mother’s day,
Or some real fancy firewood.