Cosmetics Organizer

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A friend asked me to make her an organizer for her make up. She carries her face in a bag. :-)
She brought her stuff by one day and I took some measurements.

She picked it up today and loves it!

It is not fancy, just some white pine which I pieced together. This was a one time only deal I hope. I told her I wasn’t interested in staining all of those holes again…small brush and all.

My main concern was figuring out how to store her make up compacts. She has two so I ripped a piece, glue it into the stack, then used some three inch spacers to set the middle and outside pieces. More glue and patience…and some drilling. I made a template using Photoshop Elements and a home made grid to lay out the holes. Later I drilled a few extra holes where there was room available.

Finally I cross cut the two ends and ripped the front and back on the table saw to yield the finished product.
Minwax Chestnut Stain and Deft Clear Satin Finish was used to finish the project. I had some rubber feet for cutting boards, so I attached four to the bottom so the organizer will be off the counter and less prone to water damage.

Actually it was fun trying to figure out how to build this thing and not use any screws or nails…Just glue.

Got a new project in the wings so onward and upward.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 226 days ago

This is almost identical to the first project I posted on here. The only difference is that mine is for tools.


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#2 posted 226 days ago

Nice hole pattern! I’ve always found that good looking random is a lot more difficult to pull off than a precise geometric layout.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#3 posted 226 days ago

Very nice design and good looking organizer.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 226 days ago

nice little project Mike…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#5 posted 226 days ago

I really like this. While I wouldn’t own enough makeup to fill it, I’m thinking something like that would work well for toiletries, etc.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 226 days ago

Good looking organizer. It surely will end counter top clutter!

Thanks for sharing your efforts.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 226 days ago

Very nice. I my have to “borrow” your design and make one (or two or three) for my teen daughter. I haven’t seen the top of her vanity in a couple of years…..

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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#8 posted 226 days ago

@ David – search Etsy. There are several folks selling them. You might get some ideas from them. I actually measured some of the make up my friend uses. I did make one goof. The wide shallow hole wasn’t wide enough for the jar she has. But everything else fit that she brought with her.

Some holes are 7/8, some are 3/4, some are 1/2 and a few are 3/8 inch.

A 3×3/4 opening x 1 1/2 deep was good for those compacts.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 226 days ago

Just wait until she switches brands and nothing fits!

That is a good idea, I think ill make one for my old lady to score some brownie points.

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#10 posted 226 days ago

Small, compact, but holds a lot for storage. Nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 225 days ago

Very nice I think I might have to make one for my wife.

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#12 posted 106 days ago

I need one of these !.......very nice

-- Nikki

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#13 posted 106 days ago

@Nikki – check out That is where I got the idea. A drill press and several different size Forstner bits were used to bore the holes.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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