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Jewelry Armoire

comments (7) February 17th, 2010 in Reader's Gallery

postandbeam postandbeam, member
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I designed and crafted this jewelry armoire for my wife's 50th birthday gift.  The legs are walnut and enforce the verticality of the piece.  The drawer fronts, the back, the side doors, and all carcase parts are curly maple.  The side door panels are spalted maple on the outside and bird's eye veneer on the inside.  The drawers feature hand cut dovetail joinery, curly maple dividers, and custom full-extension, all-wood, stopped slides.  The curly maple top highlights a 3-D box panel made of cherry, oak, and walnut.  All panels have walnut beading.  The drawer pulls and door handles are custom made of Hawaiian koa.  There is a hidden compartment below the bottom drawer (don't tell anyone).  I wish I had incorporated a locking mechanism, but I was ready to complete this and get on to the next project.  The finish is two coats of pure tung oil and four coats of satin wipe on poly.  This project took me a little over 200 hours to build, plus design time. 

Design or Plan used: My Own Design - John Miller, St. Louis, MO

posted in: Reader's Gallery, cabinet, curly maple, Jewelry, armoire

Comments (7)

user-5437459 user-5437459 writes: Just a question or two: Did you use any power tools in its' construction?, and; how long, (hours), did it take to build it? Again, beautiful work!

Posted: 8:35 am on February 29th

user-5437459 user-5437459 writes: Beautiful work, my friend.
Posted: 8:32 am on February 29th

Gerry4 Gerry4 writes: John, Spectacular job and the details are beautiful. Can / will you please share your design, or at minimum some basic dimensions?

My wife has seen your photos and loves the style, shape and functionality. Thank you!

Posted: 2:00 pm on February 9th

kieb kieb writes: Do you have plans for this? How can I get a copy? It is a great piece of furniture?
Posted: 3:59 pm on December 24th

AJV AJV writes: Really nice!!! Well done Sir.

Posted: 8:59 am on October 8th

ingeburg ingeburg writes: I LOVE that armoire!!! Will John make another one? email me at
Posted: 9:01 pm on June 25th

SSharry SSharry writes: I think the Armoire is beautiful! I have been looking around for a Jewelry Armoire for myself and have found similar Jewelry Armoires at and
Posted: 5:41 am on October 8th

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