Jewelry/Lingerie Chest

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Project by Allen posted 10-22-2007 02:18 PM 2282 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project, completed about 3 weeks ago, was made for my wife. Our 5th wedding anniversary was this year and if you’re a traditional kind of person, which I am, the 5th anniversary is “wood.”

Over the years I’ve given her quite a few pretty shiny things, most of which lay on her bedside table where my son likes to explore so I figured it was time to make something in which to put “Mommy’s pretties” so that Sam’s curious little hands can’t get at them.

I nearly removed the tip of my left thumb while making the doors/sides (I can tell you exactly which piece of wood I was cutting when it happened) which delayed me a few weeks but I managed to complete it just in time, putting the lining in the drawers the night before our anniversary. I told my wife I hope she likes it because it quite literally has my blood, sweat and tears on it. As a little reminder, she has yet to spot it, I affixed the wrist band from my E.R. visit to the bottom of the very top drawer and wrote the date I completed the piece underneath.

Except for the drawer fronts, which are maple, the wood is all red oak with a dark mission brown dye, BLO, and three coats of satin poly. I turned the knobs out of scrap pieces of oak so they would match. The top opens, as shown in the pictures, to store jewelry (still need to add dividers) and the sides swing open and have brass hooks for necklaces, chains, etc.

-- We may never know who let the dogs out, but I'd bet anything PETA was involved.

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#1 posted 10-22-2007 02:26 PM

Nice chest! I’m an anniversary traditionalist as well, so I’ll have to think of something equally heartfelt for my anniversary. Of course, I hope to avoid your investment in blood…

The right side looks like it opens up, but the photo is dark. Are those hooks to hang necklaces and such?

-- Dekker -

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#2 posted 10-22-2007 02:30 PM

Nice job. And thanks for the reminder to be careful.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-22-2007 02:37 PM

oooooh how wonderful. Love the chest (love it); love the sentiment – and the little hidden memento is priceless.
So glad that everything healed up nicely so you could continue with this art. Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 10-22-2007 03:30 PM

Nice piece! Sorry about your thumb!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 10-22-2007 04:51 PM

This is really helpful. Solves two problems in one go. As I do quite a lot of jewelry, even for my wife, She has a lot of it. I have been planning to make her a jewely box and a chest of drawers, this is the solution, making it all in one. <i am thinking walnut and curly maple or maybe what I can find that will make it as nice as yours.

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#6 posted 10-22-2007 09:57 PM

nice, very nice! Thanks for sharing!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#7 posted 10-23-2007 12:52 AM

It is indeed a nice chest. I also make things for my wife for her anniversaries. Great job.



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#8 posted 10-23-2007 10:56 AM

Outstanding jewelry chest, I really like it. Is that one of David Stowe’s designs?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 10-23-2007 07:12 PM

That will hold alot of jewelry.Nice contrasting woods.And I am glad your thumb stayed on,thats pretty scary.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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