Custom 4 Drawer Jewelry Chest

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Project by barkupatree posted 02-15-2011 04:40 AM 2638 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this Jewelry Chest custom for an online client. This chest is constructed of Wenge and Hard Maple.
Her needs were for storage for her many sets of ear plugs.

The 3 drawers for the ear plugs hold a combined 120 pairs. The holders are made of clear acrylic and rest on Hard Maple runners. The fourth drawer has Maple dividers for storing other jewelry pieces. All the drawer interiors are lined with black micro-suede. The drawers are held in the case with rare earth magnets on the back of the drawers. The magnets are for just in case the chest gets tipped or while moving it, the drawers will not come tumbling out.

-- Life is Good Enough --

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#1 posted 02-15-2011 04:51 AM

Ear plugs?

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#2 posted 02-15-2011 04:57 AM

Thats what I thought when she asked if I could build a jewelry chest for them. Ear Plugs fit in an oversizes hole in the ear. Pierced ears to the extreme!!!

-- Life is Good Enough --

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 05:10 AM

I really like this design. Phenomenal craftsmanship as well…. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 05:13 AM

Very nice work. Where do you get the microsuede from?

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#5 posted 02-15-2011 05:31 AM

Awesome storage chest : )
How did you determine the size of the magnets to use ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 05:32 AM

You can get micro-suede at most fabric stores. I mount it on poster board with spray adhesive so it has a little more body and doesn’t slide around inside the drawers.

The magnets I size by the amount of strength needed. The ones these drawers are 3/8” x 1/10”. I use washers on the back of the chest so I don’t have to worry about the polarity of the magnets.

-- Life is Good Enough --

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#7 posted 02-15-2011 09:29 AM

Sweet design and finish….well done.

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#8 posted 02-15-2011 11:19 AM

Excellent work

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#9 posted 02-15-2011 04:14 PM

Nice box, well constructed and very sturdy looking, should last for generations. I like your magnet idea, and your craftsmanship is evident in this piece, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#10 posted 02-15-2011 06:04 PM

Nice job! Ear plugs peaked my interest as well. Looks like an Asain style which I like. Great colors on this as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 02-15-2011 07:43 PM

Simple, elegant, clean design… I love it. I’m going to have to try the rare earth magnet idea on my next box. Do they hold just enough or do you find pulling a drawer out causes the entire piece to move with it till it releases? I have some of the really small neodymium magnets I use for RC plane applications and those little buggers hold on tight for their size. Would one magnet centered hold enough or does it really need the two?

Beautiful work, She’ll definitely love it.

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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#12 posted 02-15-2011 09:58 PM

Very nice design. The contrasting woods are great and the drawer pulls are simple, but elegant. Great little chest you have made!

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#13 posted 03-04-2011 10:37 PM

Very nice I love the design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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