Lisa's Jewelry Cabinet - Part 3

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Blog entry by William posted 05-01-2012 01:57 AM 3332 reads 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is part 2, and the link for part 1 is on the top of that one if you haven’t seen it.

First thing I done today was dig for some large enough pieces, do some measuring, route some edges, and attach the top and bottom panels. Here’s photo of those clamped on.

Then it was time to tackle the feet.
I had considered various types of feet and was leaning towards sort of a miniature cabriolet style feet. As I was gathering material to glue up to make large enough stock to cut these though, a thought hit me. As nice as that style is, it would look out of place on this particular cabinet.
I thought about some mitered corner type feet I’d seen on a jewelry box at a craft show some time back. Since I have kept thebox joint them all through this project, those feet would be perfect, except instead of mitered corner, box joints.

So I broke out the Stumpy Nubs Box Joint Machine again.

And here is the feet style I’m talking about. Of course, these are shown upside down. They are not sanded or attached yet.

Next, I have got to figure out what to do on that top.
I have studied this thing over almost a whole pot of coffee. While I think it is coming along quite nicely, something is missing.


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#1 posted 05-01-2012 02:03 AM

Out standing William, you are taking the box joint to a new level. Show that joinery off. Nice legs;)

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

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 02:23 AM

Sexy legs you got there! Looking good. Anxiously awaiting completion, or is that the “finish”?

-- 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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#3 posted 05-01-2012 02:32 AM


Super, that’s the idea. I’m getting a chance to use all my newly made toys on this one.

DIY, no, it isn’t finished yet. I still don’t know about the top. I’ve thought about leaving it plain so she can set things on top of it. She does have a lot of little whatnots. Then I thought about a scrolled fence type thing, or a mirrior, or a multiple photo frame idea. The list is endless on what I’ve thought about. Now I just have to decide which one I’m going to do.
After that, I still have to take it all back apart and, well, finish it.


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#4 posted 05-01-2012 02:36 AM

William thats going to be a stunning jewelry box one of the best ive seen .i agree its a new level

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#5 posted 05-01-2012 02:50 AM

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#6 posted 05-01-2012 07:17 AM

This is looking great William. I must try and keep this out of sight when my wife is around! Don’t want to give her any ideas!

Great work,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#7 posted 05-01-2012 01:09 PM

William thats nice looking. What do you mean, you have to do something to the top. I understand at times wanting to do more. Were you thinking of inlay? The front and side profiles when finished with those pulls will be attractive. Just the grain and a nice finish might be enough for the top. Looking forward for the next post.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 05-01-2012 03:12 PM

That is one Killer Jewelry Cabinet, really like the joinery.

My wife has to hold several different earrings up to her ear while looking into the mirror, before deciding which to wear.

The scale of your cabinet would support a nice ‘gazing’ mirror, would not necessarily need be affixed to the top, imho.

Looking real nice. – Len

P.S. If I were to make and present a Jewelry Cabinet of that size to my wife, she would take that as an invitation to go shopping to fill it up. :-/ ...just sayin’

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#9 posted 05-01-2012 04:28 PM

Very good work on this. I like the use of dovetail joints on the legs to show continuity!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 05-01-2012 04:45 PM

hey william i think its a really great cabinet for your wife , what a great gift, but i do have to say i think the box joinery everywhere is over me it would have been attractive done in smaller amounts, but that is just my 2 cents…i think its great that the new jig works so well, ...grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 05-01-2012 08:21 PM

The box joints on the legs look good. It follows the corners from top to bottom. The top looks good the way it is. But if you feel the need to do something up there, then use the dead space from your on the fly adjustment and install a cup holder. Just tell her it’s a catch tray. :)

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

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#12 posted 05-02-2012 01:22 AM

That is turning out vey well. I really like the box jointed feet. Maybe you should attach a border around the top with box joints on all 4 sides. That would really drive Grizz nuts!

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

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#13 posted 05-02-2012 01:24 AM

hahaha…..fine …nobody wants to hear a different opinion…then i just wont give em…it will be…all is right with the world…LOL…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 05-02-2012 01:37 AM

Thank you all.

Grizz, I especially want to thank you. I always welcome different opinions. At one point, I was worried about overkill on the joints. It still may look so too when I get it finished.


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#15 posted 05-02-2012 01:54 AM

No post tonight guys.
Because of a family problem that arose out of the blue (usually how they happen diesn’t it?) I did very little today. It definately wasn’t enough to warrant a post.
The biggest task I done today was to drill and install the hooks inside the side compartments. Other than that, it was just a little hand sanding.

I did make a major decision though. While my wife was out today, I came to the house and measured where she will be sitting this at. Once in place, the top is going to be so high, that it doesn’t make sense to really put anything on the top.
So, next step is to do a lot of sanding and to nail down exactly what finish I’m going to put on it. For financial reasons, it is confined to what I have on hand and will most likely be polyurethane.
Therefore, there will not be another blog entry on this project. I hope you all will be watching for it in a few days in the projects section.

Thank you all very much for your comments, opinions, and advice through the build of this project.


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