Jewelry Cabinet

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Project by WoodTookSoLong posted 10-12-2009 08:56 AM 3446 views 35 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Ben

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#1 posted 10-12-2009 11:18 AM

Brilliant Job. Simple and effective form and function. Welcome to LJ’s. I hope to see a lot more from you.

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#2 posted 10-12-2009 12:34 PM

Great idea and very nice work.
The soft closer hinge is also a great feature for the jewelery cabinet.

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#3 posted 10-12-2009 02:12 PM

Great job! I have one of these in my future too… my wife seen the same ad a few months ago and since then… :)

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#4 posted 10-12-2009 02:22 PM

Nice work!

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#5 posted 10-12-2009 02:33 PM

Great design! Very nice and the soft close hinges is the perfect touch. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 10-12-2009 04:52 PM

Brilliant and well thought out! So NICE my wife wants one! I like the use of cabinet hinges to hold the weight of ther mirror.

Try this

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#7 posted 10-12-2009 05:01 PM

Looks great Ben

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#8 posted 10-12-2009 05:31 PM

beautiful work. I’ve being asked to make a couple my self, that has sure added to the design process. Thanks for sharing. Of course the blumotion soft closers just top the whole thing off.

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#9 posted 10-12-2009 05:52 PM

Well done. Nice design.

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#10 posted 10-12-2009 05:59 PM

Great project. I was wondering when we would start seeing these. I made one of these a couple of years ago for a friend. Now everyone I know wants one. My daughter wants to make a bunch of these for Christmas presents this year. We do not have a glass shop in town anymore which will make getting custom glass harder now. We may have to build them around stock mirrors. I still have a bunch of hooks left over from the last one – I went with picture hangers off of ebay. She picked out some pretty hinges and a magnetic catch. The soft close hinges might be a more practical solution. thanks for sharing this project.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#11 posted 10-12-2009 07:13 PM

Great project. Way to beat Skymall, I love looking at those kind of catalogs for ideas.

Welcome to LumberJocks.


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#12 posted 10-13-2009 12:58 AM

very nice,,my wife saw one like that, but it stood on legs, like a floor standing mirror. I’ve been knocking the idea around for about 8 weeks. What lumber did you use?

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#13 posted 10-13-2009 02:26 AM

Thanks everyone. To answer some questions, it was made of pine all the way through. The mirror (or mirrors I went through) were all stock mirrors I bought at Wallymart, but if I had to do it again I would definitely go with a better quality thicker mirror to eliminate the slight distortion from farther distances.

Cedrus, thanks for the link. I’ve been to Lee Valley before and that was going to be my next stop if I didn’t find the hooks I did. They have a lot of great stuff for sure!

-- Ben

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#14 posted 10-13-2009 04:46 PM

Nice project.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#15 posted 12-08-2009 08:38 PM

I found a decent mirror at Lowe’s for only $20 that is 16” x 58”. This is the size I have based mine off of, seems to be a pretty good size, my overall cabinet is about 21”x63”

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