Cherry and Ash Jewery Rack

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Project by Doug Wilson posted 04-21-2009 03:10 AM 2788 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a Christmas present for my wife that I finished in about a week with my Father in Laws help. I saw the design in a photo, so I drew it up and went to work. It didn’t look too complicated, so I thought it would be a great project. I was and still am a fairly new woodworker, so I am starting small here. I first dimensioned out my wood, then I glued up a couple board of cherry for the outer frame. I cut those out on the ban saw then used dole joints to assemble it. Before I glued it up, I cut the 45 degree angle slots with a router and straight bit. I had to construct a jig to help keep the side aligned perfectly. I should have taken more photos of the process.. sorry I will in the future. The slats were constructed from ash that was sanded down to about 1/4 inch. I used a drill press and ban saw to cut the holes and slots for the earrings. In hind sight, I should have used the table saw to cut the slots, but I was not that smart. I tried to clamp them all together as a cut and drill them, and that didn’t work out too well. You probably can’t tell from the photo, but the holes aren’t perfectly aligned.

I used cherry spindles that a cut off and rounded on the lath to create the pegs along the bottom. They are also not perfectly symmetrical, but do provide the space needed for necklaces and bracelets that I was looking for. All the pegs I found at hardware stores were too chunky. I also added a corner bead edge to the sides to finish it off. I had a little burning there as this was the first time using a router… ouch. Just took a little sanding to get it back into shape.

Overall, great learning experience and a great present for my wife. Now, her 40+ pairs of earrings are nice and organized and not laying all over the house! Was this a present for her or me… I can’t remember :)

Outer case is 15 inches wide by 21.5 long
Slats are a little under 2 inches in width and a little under 1/4 high or thick
Spacing between the slats is an 1 and 3/4 inches

Cherry for the outer frame
Ash for the 45 degree slats

Clear urethane coat

Took 8-10 hours, as a novice mind you

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#1 posted 04-21-2009 03:46 AM

Turned out nice. We would have thought you were a pro if you hadn’t fessed up :-)) Welcome aboard!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-21-2009 03:47 AM

I think this design would work well to hold router bits too :)

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 04-21-2009 04:01 AM

Looks great I made one for my mother made from purpleheatr and walnut

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 04-21-2009 04:23 AM

Nice rack.

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#5 posted 04-21-2009 05:45 AM

Great job !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 04-21-2009 01:03 PM

Wow, It’d take a woman with a lot of ear bobs to need a rack like that.

Great job.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#7 posted 04-21-2009 03:58 PM

good job looks great

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#8 posted 04-21-2009 06:28 PM

Doug, Nice job! Looks good. PS: Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Rick

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