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Recessed jewelry armoire

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Project by quasarwutwut posted 09-28-2016 10:14 PM 526 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project posted, so please be gentle. :) This is what I’m calling a ”recessed jewelry armoire”, made for my wife to handle the overspilling of her jewelry from the few table-top boxes she had. A simpler solution would have been to ask her to get rid of some of her jewelry, but it seemed safer to spend weeks working on this instead. I spent quite a while looking for an already made version but could not find one that was meant to be recessed. I found some rather cheaply made (IMO) versions that were either free-standing or meant to be hung on a wall, but I wanted one where it just looked like a hanging full-length wall mirror with a low profile. I could have modified one that was for hanging, but it just seemed more worth it to attempt to make my own, and necessity is the mother of something or other, so away we went…

If you can decipher my chicken-scratch drawing it has pretty basic dimensions, but I made the choice of making it wider than the cut out between my studs, knowing I would have to frame a bit once I cut into the wall, because I already had the mirror and wanted to get it as wide as I could for that mirror. I used all poplar and purchased the ring holder in the upper right part. I covered the back and shelves in a jewelry-safe fabric and installed a motion-activated light up top. The only mistake I made (and there were many) that I regret is that I cut the notches in the earring holders on a bandsaw with a 1/16th blade and I should have used a 1/8th – some earrings don’t want to fit into those slots, which I didn’t realize until after it was completely done. Live and learn. I was really happy (and even more importantly my wife was really happy) with how it turned out. Thanks for checking out my first attempt at legitimate furniture!

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.





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nailbanger2

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#1 posted 09-29-2016 04:16 PM

Jordan, this came out great! I’m sure the brownie points were racked up here. Did you “have to” get some extra tools to finish this? Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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quasarwutwut

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#2 posted 09-29-2016 06:06 PM



Jordan, this came out great! I m sure the brownie points were racked up here. Did you “have to” get some extra tools to finish this? Welcome to LJ s.

- nailbanger2


Thank you sir, I can confidently say it won me some brownie points. A number of her friends have asked for ones too, which is a nice compliment, and not gonna happen. And yes, sadly I was forced to buy the aforementioned bandsaw to complete this. Thanks for the welcome!

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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XrayJay

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#3 posted 09-29-2016 08:12 PM

great job!

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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leafherder

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#4 posted 09-29-2016 11:00 PM

Great job! I love these concealed cabinets. I worked in a jewelry store for 10 years – looks like you made a wise decision and took the easy road. In my experience any man that asked his wife to get rid of jewelry often ended up in the dog house or worse. (Wives would rather part with their husband than part with their jewelry – same goes for shoes. Maybe you should start a special shoe closet just to be on the safe side. LOL)

Thanks for posting,

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 09-30-2016 01:38 PM

Dear Lord, PLEASE dont let my wife see this!
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Nice job! And WELCOME to LJs !

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quasarwutwut

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#6 posted 09-30-2016 03:30 PM



Great job! I love these concealed cabinets. I worked in a jewelry store for 10 years – looks like you made a wise decision and took the easy road. In my experience any man that asked his wife to get rid of jewelry often ended up in the dog house or worse. (Wives would rather part with their husband than part with their jewelry – same goes for shoes. Maybe you should start a special shoe closet just to be on the safe side. LOL)

Thanks for posting,

- leafherder


Thanks leafherder! I’m thinking your idea of a concealed shoe cabinet is the next step in a very slippery slope, so I’m just going to jump to the end and make a concealed cabinet for myself. Maybe I’ll get ambitious and have a hidden tunnel out to the next county. Whoa, I think I just figured out my early retirement plan: mass-produce ‘concealed husband kits’ with optional escape tunnels. It’s a license to print money!

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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Jeremymcon

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#7 posted 10-01-2016 12:56 AM

Very neat! I have a plan to make my wife a large jewelry box. Had never considered putting it in the wall. Though we rent… So I guess if we ever own house that might be doable. Good work!

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