|Project by WoodTookSoLong||posted 10-12-2009 08:56 AM||3117 views||35 times favorited||15 comments|
This was made as a surprise for my wife to hold all of her various pieces of jewelry from necklaces to bracelets to rings. I got the idea when I was flying a few years ago and was flipping through the SkyMall catalogue. There was something like this in there for close to $500 and it wasn’t even made of wood (more like MDF). I kind of laughed to myself and thought, “Hey, I could make that for a lot less.” So I did.
I wanted the front to be a simple mirror and plain looking so it wouldn’t be too obvious as to what it was. I went through three mirrors trying to glue this thing on the door frame I built. I learned some hard lessons about glass cutting and adhesives on this project :-) On the door I also routered and sanded a hand grip area to pull the door open.
The inside was another challenge completely. It wasn’t easy to find small, decorative hooks since most hardware stores just carry those cheap looking cup hooks. Finally found these for cheap and they work great because they have a little ball on the end to hold the necklace on that little bit more. For the rings I bought some cheap ring holders on Ebay and then built some small wood frames around them to mount them on the door. The bottom has four little cups for extra rings, earrings, stones, etc. and they are easily removable to poke through them.
I bought some faux suede and foam padding at the local fabric store and mounted it behind everything to really show off the jewelry and make it easy to see. Although it’s not airtight, the fabric also helps keep the jewerly from tarnishing.
My favourite part are the 170 degree hinges that allow the door to open as wide as possible to get light in and find what you need easily. It might have been overkill, but I love the Blumotion soft closer so the door doesn’t slam shut and catch or tangle all the necklaces.
The entire cabinet is about 4’ tall x 16” wide x 5” deep. It holds about 36 necklaces, 54 pairs of earrings, 54 rings, 16 bracelets and a variety of other rings in the bottom cups.