Jewelry Armoire

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Project by AandCstyle posted 06-19-2017 10:59 PM 1537 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this case for my son to give to LOHL. I told him that he needs to put “something special” inside it.

She loves all things zebra related, so the woods are zebra wood and walnut which I think compliments the zebra wood very well. She also has a lot of necklaces so that was the primary design consideration.

I was inspired by Blackie's project, but I could never make a band saw box that great, so I based mine on plans from Canadian Home Workshop. The overall dimensions are 16”h x 14”w x 9”d.

The drawers are lined with polyester faux leather which has a very natural feel; I’m no judge, but I can’t tell the difference between this and real leather, probably a character defect on my part. :) I had no idea about the size to make the cavities in the drawers, so I did two drawers each with three differing designs.

She doesn’t care for brass hardware, so I was happy to find polished nickel hinges and pulls at Horton Brasses. I used the drawer pulls for the studs on which to hang necklaces.

The finish is 4-5 coats of Deft satin spray lacquer (I sanded with 600G after the first coat) and Johnson’s paste wax to give it a silky feel.

There is a lot of room for improvement in the execution, but I am certain they will be ecstatic with the finished product. I know that I am my toughest critic.

As always, thanks for looking and any questions or comments are welcome.

-- Art

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#1 posted 06-19-2017 11:24 PM

That is a really nice gift! Your attention to detail is spot on!
I need to learn how to spray. The finish looks perfecto!
Another great project by a true craftsman!
Great job

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 06-19-2017 11:26 PM

That is a beautiful piece of work. The choice of woods looks great, and I love the board you chose for the top.
well done


-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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#3 posted 06-19-2017 11:28 PM

Steve, thank you. As for the spraying, it was a rattle can-put on your respirator, shake the can, press the actuator on top and apply while making quick passes. There is nothing to it.

-- Art

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#4 posted 06-19-2017 11:33 PM

Thanks, Eric, the zebra wood is quite dramatic so it was a bit challenging to get two boards to match up well enough to hide the junction which is why I used a piece with a knot.

-- Art

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#5 posted 06-19-2017 11:35 PM

You set a pretty high standard for the rest of us, Art.
Another very fine project indeed.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 06-19-2017 11:36 PM

Thank you, Willie. My photography hides a multitude of sins. :D

-- Art

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#7 posted 06-20-2017 12:35 AM

Really well done and beautiful!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#8 posted 06-20-2017 10:40 AM

That is beautiful – great work and fine details. I’d like to work on something like this in the future for my wife.

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#9 posted 06-20-2017 11:13 AM

Jerry & Fiddy, thank you!

-- Art

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#10 posted 06-20-2017 12:51 PM

This is a beautiful armoire and I love the wood and the nice craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 06-20-2017 01:04 PM

Wow, love that wood!
Great piece.

-- Doug...

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#12 posted 06-20-2017 03:18 PM

That looks great. Love the zebrawood. There is a very similar design in Strother Purdy’s book “Traditional Box Projects” (example in my projects). Good call with the horizontal grain for the drawer faces. The box I did had vertically orientated grain and it was a real bear to line up properly.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#13 posted 06-20-2017 05:41 PM

Wow Art. I like how you mixed up the woods!

This is going to sound weird, but I’m currently beginning a jewelry armoire, with walnut and zebra wood 8^)

Seems you beat me to it. My design is a tad different, but I was looking around for necklace hanging options and saw your post. Knobs, whodathunk?

Fine art piece Art 8^)

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#14 posted 06-20-2017 05:42 PM

That’s a great looking jewelry armoire—I love that zebrawood! I’m sure the young lady will love it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#15 posted 06-20-2017 10:13 PM

Great piece Art … Love the way you worked the grain patterns, a truly unique piece of craftsmanship.
And as far as a few flaws, your right, YOU are the only one that will see them, and besides, this is a hand made, one of a kind, truly unique piece … It’s supposed to have a few irregularities … Or else it would look like a production piece.
The inlays on the swinging doors just POP! ... Kudos Art.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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