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Project by Devin posted 04-13-2012 04:30 AM 4145 views 40 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this one took much longer to finish up then I ever expected. But it’s finally done. This was for my wife’s birthday (now 11 months ago).

The entire piece is about 20” by 20” by 6”. Made from bubinga and some lovely spalted curly maple. Finished with oil/varnish blend wet sanded with 600 grit.

My wife doesn’t like doors, so I designed the cabinet to be used primarily without opening any doors or drawers. Necklaces and earrings (stud and hook) can be stored “in the open”. The two top boxes will likely hold the rest, the empty space under the mirror is for pictures or perhaps other small jewelry or ring boxes. The bottom three drawers were basically needed to complete the look I wanted for the piece.

I was going for an asian/arts and crafts blend and think that comes across.

This is definitely my most involved piece yet, 16 sliding dovetail joints, dozens of pieces, dozens of mortise and tenon joints. I joked with my wife that I could probably have made us a dining room table and living room tables in the same amount of time.


1/16” chamfer all around.


The back of the through mortised necklace hooks.


Close up of the earring hanging section, the black ring bar ordered from Rockler.


The recess for the lift lid handle. Love that maple.


Close up of the necklace hooks.

Here's the blog about the build if you’re interested.

Updated:
Added a couple pictures of it with some jewelry.

Thanks for looking!

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?





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Tom Goodman

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#1 posted 04-13-2012 04:54 AM

Absolutely stunning. You have given me so many ideas. Thanks for posting.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA. woodworkertom@gmail.com

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#2 posted 04-13-2012 05:21 AM

Beautiful wood and design. I imagine she was okay with the wait if she got this. Hopefully she has enough jewelry to fill it or you are in trouble! I am putting this into favorites so i can revisit the Spalted Maple.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#3 posted 04-13-2012 05:22 AM

This is an amazing cabinet. The details are incredible. I love the sliding dovetails and figure of the spalted maple.

-- Allen, Colorado

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gul

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#4 posted 04-13-2012 06:04 AM

Fantastic work.

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deon

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 07:18 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 04-13-2012 11:51 AM

Super cabinet. That curly maple is beautiful by itself but you have some spalting in it, too.
Nice construction and great choice of wood!!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 04-13-2012 12:25 PM

At first glance I thought it was a large piece of furniture. But to my surprise it is a small Jewelry cabinet. This is a wonderful design with top notch craftsmanship. You did a super job on this. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dennis Zongker

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sras

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#8 posted 04-13-2012 12:42 PM

It is clear that you put a lot of thought into this design. Tailored to match the needs of your wife and wonderfully executed. Well done!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 04-13-2012 01:29 PM

Wow, that is gorgeous! And what are you talking about, 11 months ago?!? This is her present for this year! You got done a month early (wink, wink)!
Nice job!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#10 posted 04-13-2012 03:24 PM

What a great design and project! One of a kind no doubt! She will be proud to show this off for yrs! Well done!

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

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rtbrmb

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#11 posted 04-13-2012 04:08 PM

I don’t know if I am more impressed with the design or execution of the design. This is easily one of the most incredible pieces I have seen on LJ’s.

Awesome work !

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#12 posted 04-13-2012 04:32 PM

I just hit my “favorite” button with record speed.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#13 posted 04-13-2012 05:11 PM

Beautifully done Devin! Love the complete design and wood combinations.
I also thought at first that it was a much larger piece….. Fantastic !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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#14 posted 04-13-2012 05:19 PM

What an amazing piece! Awesome creativity and great work from the sketch to completion!

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#15 posted 04-13-2012 05:29 PM

you did a fantastic job here, that spalted wood is perfect, what a wonderful gift you have made, im sure she will love this …great job..grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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