Lisa's Jewelry Cabinet - Part 1

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Blog entry by William posted 04-29-2012 01:55 AM 6283 reads 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.


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#1 posted 04-29-2012 02:06 AM

That is coming along nicely. Your new jig is getting a work out and appears to be performing flawlessly. Don’t you just love using a tool/jig that you built yourself? It gives me a lot of satisfaction. I’ll be following this build so keep us posted.

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

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#2 posted 04-29-2012 02:09 AM

Dude it took me 2 days to hand cut 4 drawers. You make it look simple with the right tools. Job well done William. I hope it works out for you. I am impressed.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 04-29-2012 02:15 AM

Drag out the new scroll saw and go for the Queen Ann style legs on it…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#4 posted 04-29-2012 02:42 AM

thats one heck of a build William ,you sure don’t waste any time .i,ve see your craftsmanship and it will be a great build that i’ll be looking forward to seeing

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#5 posted 04-29-2012 02:54 AM

Progress & the box joints looks great. I’m sure, you are on your way to building a beautiful piece that your wife will LOVE!!!

You are able to accomplish so much, so quickly, that I get exhausted just watching!!!

Great Job. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 04-29-2012 04:04 AM

Looking Good

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#7 posted 04-29-2012 09:13 AM

Great progress and looking good William, you can sure make good time with those box joints.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#8 posted 04-29-2012 12:21 PM

That is some serious box joints. Very good William

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 04-29-2012 02:37 PM

I love me a good box joint!

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#10 posted 04-29-2012 03:43 PM

Thank you all very much.

You are very much correct. It’s a different feeling that you get when a tool that you made yourself performs flawlessly, exspecially when you have a store bought tool fail.

Power tools, when they work right, speed things along. That’s why I have loved building my own lately. The one’s I build I can make to work right. Store bought tools are hit and miss.

Actually, I’m thinking of making a sort of miniature cabriolet style. I made something similar on a buffet I made sometime last year and really liked them. I think they’d look great on this.

I can’t work on this stuff everyday like I want, but when I can, I humbly but proudly say I know how to get it done. I’ve never been one to lollygag around.

I don’t know, I came very near to ruining this project last night. I’ll post more about that little incident in my bext blog installment. I will tell you I saved it with some creative redesigning onthe fly. That’s the beauty of working on something without a plan. With no plan, you can change the design and say you meant to build it that way.

Thank you.

Yes, I liked the box joint machine when I built it, but I had no idea how much faster I’d be able to make large batches of box joints. This makes me like the machine even more.

Thank you. I do think they looked quite impressive stacked up the way they were in that one photo. by the way, no I did not pose them that way. I was counting them to make sure I had them all and noticed that scene and thought it’d be a nice photo for ya’ll.

What can I say, you designed the machine. Thank you, not for your complimental reply, but for designing the machine.


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#11 posted 04-29-2012 06:26 PM

Glad to see your new jig being put to good use.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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