Jewelry/Lingerie Chest

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Project by Darell posted 07-24-2008 11:47 PM 3014 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this jewelry/lingerie chest for my wife over the past winter, finishing it in early April. The top section and the two smaller top drawers are for jewelry and have 1/4” thick oak dividers. All chests like this I’ve seen have wings that swing out for necklaces. Due to space limits I decided to make them pull out wings and I think they turned out pretty well. The side wings, two top drawers and the top section all are lined with a dark royal blue velvet that took the BOSS and I hours to do. This chest is made from solid red oak and is the first thing I’ve done where I had to glue up panels. Surprised myself in that they turned out to be flat. Absolutely amazed me. :-) The drawers are made of poplar with oak fronts. I used my Porter Cable dovetail jig for the first time on the drawers. Turned out pretty good except that I put the dovetails on the front and back instead of the sides of the drawers. I’ll pay more attention next time. I finished with a coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye Seal Coat, then Minwax Golden Oak stain and three coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil and urethane topcoat. I used the seal coat first to try and keep the oak grain from being too dark so the stain wasn’t quite as dark as I wanted but I’m still happy with how the finish turned out. The BOSS loves it and that’s the main reward for all that work.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#1 posted 07-24-2008 11:53 PM

And happy you should be! The ‘wings’ are a nice touch. Glad to hear that the boss is happy. Ya done well!

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#2 posted 07-24-2008 11:53 PM

Very nice job. I have the PC jig also. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

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

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#3 posted 07-25-2008 12:56 AM

Wow. Nice job. No limit to the variety of designs. Do you have pictures of the inside of the drawers? Are the drawers on metal slides?

-- tim hill

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#4 posted 07-25-2008 01:53 AM

thats a nice design… love the vertical drawers… nice touch

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 07-25-2008 03:01 AM

Very nice cabinet, I really like the side pull outs, great design.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#6 posted 07-25-2008 03:45 AM

Beautiful and functional. Nice build.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 07-25-2008 04:06 AM

Wow – the “boss” should be very happy—- especially if you’ve filled that box with jelwery!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 07-25-2008 05:16 AM

Wonderful job, and I agree with others, the wings were very clever.

BTW- I also like the casters on it, that way when its full of jewelry she can roll it to where she is getting dressed.

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#9 posted 07-25-2008 05:41 AM

Don’t have pix of the inside of the drawers but I’ll try and get some posted in the next few days. I used Accuride ball bearing drawer slides on the drawers. And last but not least, after 36 years of wedded bliss the BOSS has plenty of stuff to fill that thing with, and wants more, which could put a dent in my tool budget. :-)

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#10 posted 07-25-2008 06:03 AM

Yea you gotta watch that making things that hold expensive trinckets, cause then we gotta fill em. You did a fantastic job on this. The side slide outs are a nice touch. Great work.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 07-25-2008 09:53 AM

Very good design and carry out!

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#12 posted 07-27-2008 12:09 AM

Here are some pics of the finished drawers and sidewings.

As you can see, she’s got plenty of room for more goodies. (gulp)

I believe she bought the necklace hangers from Lee Valley but they aren’t called necklace hangers. Can’t remember their name. The pull handles she picked up at Home Depot.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#13 posted 07-24-2009 09:21 PM

hello darell, just came across your profile and really like the jewlery chest you made your wife..very nice. i love the design..i made my wife a large one myself for our 30th wedding anniversary…well your a good woodworker and i can tell a good husband….i see your one year mark with lj has come and i to really do enjoy this web site…a gathering of good men, im getting ready to make a desk , and will battle this heat..i do have an ac in a shop that isnt insulated..but it does well to hold the heat down…...well as roy would say…happy trails.

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

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#14 posted 07-24-2009 11:07 PM

HI Darell , I like all your stuff needless to say this too.well done again Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 07-25-2009 01:21 AM

Glad this is still drawing some attention. I’m pretty proud of this project. The BOSS loves it too. It does everything she wanted it to do. Thanks for looking guys.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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