Jewelry Armoire (Wall Mounted)

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Project by Branden posted 02-20-2007 06:53 AM 4544 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this piece for Christina’s birthday (which was last December, oops!). She had a jewelry box that I made her 5 years ago, but due to my poor planning, she grew out of it.

Anyway, I made most of this out of Lyptus, the only exception would be the Curly Maple I used on the inside drawer sides. The main box is mitered but also include spline joinery using Lyptus that was a different shade. You’ll notice the half-blind dovetails on the drawers which I used my table mounted Incra-Jig and the smallest dovetail bit I’ve ever used. I also used brass dowel pins inside the doors to hang necklaces. The finish is simply Formby’s Tung Oil which I thought did a great job.

Why is it that it takes me longer to build a little jewelry box than it does to make a queen sized mission style panel bed? Ah, gotta love it!

Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!


-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#1 posted 02-20-2007 07:20 AM

Branden – you are a fool!

And one would think that you had learned your lesson. If your wife outgrew her first jewelry box in five years, why on earth would you make her a “Jewelry Armoire”? Just how much expensive stuff do you think this will hold?

Don’t you know about Murphy’s Law: “The amount of jewelry purchased expands in direct proportion to the storage space available.” Man – you have made a rod for your own back.

But a nice rod it is, Brandon. The craftsmanship is of a high order and the design – simple and functional but elegant. Good job, Mate!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 02-20-2007 10:06 AM

Beautiful work…you know some of our wives check out this site…if Sheena tells me she wants one, you can ship it to apartment…I kid, lol, again beautiful work Branden. Don great post, I’d be on the floor but my wife’s asleep as I should be, stupid late night meetings…

-- Cheers

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#3 posted 02-20-2007 11:37 AM


Beautiful work, I really like the splines in the miters. I have a question for you. I noticed that you hung the armoire in the bathroom. Are you at all worried about possible wood movement do to the extra amount of moisture that is in a bathroom?

What did you use as a finish? Looks great, keep posting beautiful things.

-- Kaleo ,

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#4 posted 02-20-2007 12:07 PM

Hi Brandon;
You asked about the time taken to build small….?
And in my way of thinkin’ this is due to the fact that we get lost in the smallness of our detail….like many details make up a small box. And then those small details become details of jewery which in turn out-grow their small box, causing us to make a larger box much faster to now hold all the over-flow….

And yes we do love it, that’s why we get lost in the ‘finesse of detail’!

Great looking piece of ‘wood art’!!!


-- --frank, NH,

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#5 posted 02-20-2007 01:02 PM

hmmm now isn’t this just the perfect little thing….
oh Rick!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 02-20-2007 07:11 PM

Thanks everyone!

Don, there is another law you may not have heard of: “A Happy Wife is a Happy Life!” and in all fairness, my wife is worth it. (Thanks Shawn, I did not realize our wives might be reading this!

Thanks everyone for the great comments. Kaleo, in reference to your question about the moisture impact since this is in a bathroom. I am not overly concerned since I used a lot of oil and a final wax coat. Additionally, our hom is only two year old and has a state-of-the-art HVAC systems that is continually running bringing in fresh air and expelling the interior air. This regulates the heat and humidity. Also, I can always build another one!

Happy Woodworking All!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#7 posted 02-21-2007 01:13 AM

Branden, yes, I have heard of that law. And of course it takes precedent over all others. Given the high quality of your work, and the great design incorporated in this piece, I’m sure she is very happy.

Now, I’ve just got to make sure my wife doesn’t see this. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 02-21-2007 03:59 AM

Fantastic. (and lucky me that my wife isn’t a jewelry person. All the tools I couldn’t afford to fill such a great piece.) My mother-in-law on the other hand…. (Hope for my FIL’s sake she doesn’t see this)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 02-21-2007 06:42 AM

There is a God and he loves me. My wife only think this site has a bunch of grumpy old wood wierdo’s. She has no idea (Nor am I going to tell her) that this site has enough projects for her to keep me busy til Jesus comes back. She’s been wanting a special little thingy to hang in the bathroom, and a new DVD rack, we out grew the last one.

I heard that a wife will never spend more money than she expects you to make, however, you cant make any money, if you’re busy making her little knick-knacks. Or BIG knick-knacks, or special furniture cause you’ve pointed out that Oak is better than Pine, even though she now considers Oak “The Cheap Stuff”.

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#10 posted 02-21-2007 04:43 PM

Brandon, that is an awesome project. Are you at all concerned about having it mounted above the bath tub? (High moisture area)

Obi, don’t worry. Jesus will reign for a thousand years when he returns! Just think of all the woodworking we’ll be able to do in a thousand years! :^) Not to mention, we’ll have, Jesus to teach us.

Sounds like your wife has good taste, Obi. She married you, didn’t she? Life is short, love a little.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 02-21-2007 08:11 PM

Oh the joys of having a wife around asking for new “this and thats”—what a great excuse you guys have to go into the woodshop and make sawdust!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 02-22-2007 12:11 AM

Great work Branden.

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#13 posted 03-15-2009 08:17 PM

I’ve had a piece of Lyptus hanging around for a few years now. I hope to make something as useful as this project of yours from it one day soon : )

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

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#14 posted 03-17-2009 06:10 AM

Thank you sir!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#15 posted 05-03-2012 03:47 PM

very nice….

both design and execution

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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