This instructable describes a jewelry armoire/cabinet I made for my wife. It has 12 drawers (7 small, 5 large) with felt lined compartments, ring rolls, and 2 side doors with hooks for 36 necklaces. The final dimensions are 43" tall, 18" wide, and 12" deep.

I had a lot of fun making this armoire and learned several things along the way. I loved being able to customize the pieces instead of picking between the narrow selection of armoires offered in the stores. And my wife loved it!

One important thing before we begin - this is not an easy or quick project. I estimate that the project cost approximately $250-300 (you will have some leftover materials though) and about 80-100 hours of work. That being said, if you're still interested, let's begin!

Step 1: Materials

This project requires a lot of lumber. You can use whatever wood you like, but keep in mind that you'll be using a lot of it so it may get expensive. All of the board cuts are shown in the images below for your reference. I used pine and stained it (Fruitwood) and I think it looks great. Velvet lining is the other major expense, but depending on the quality you desire you can get some pretty cheap from Joann's.

Lumber (board feet):

  • 1.5" x 1/4" = 20'
  • 1.5" x 3/4" = 28'
  • 2.5" x 3/4" = 65'
  • 3.5" x 3/4" = 11'
  • 4.5" x 3/4" = 23'
  • 5.75" x 3/4" = 2'
  • 4' x 6' of 1/2" plywood
  • (3) 2' x 2' 1/4" plywood sheets

Other Materials:

  • Stain (I recommend gunstock or fruitwood for a lighter color)
  • Stain conditioner (to prevent blotching of stain in pine wood)
  • Varnish/Polyurethane
  • 12 drawer knobs
  • 2 door handles
  • 48 necklace hooks
  • ~2 square yards of velvet fabric
  • Fabric glue
  • Wood glue
  • 1.5" screws
  • #20 biscuits or dowels
  • Foam pad (for ring rolls)
  • Mirror (for top lid, optional)
  • 6 hinges
  • Sand paper - 80, 120, and 300 grit


  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw (with protractor to check angles)
  • Drill
  • Biscuit joiner (optional, but preferred)
<p>did i calculate right that this project takes 149 board feet</p>
<p>I made corrections to the images above - the measurements should now be correct.</p>
<p>Where did you get the necklace hooks?</p>
<p>The measurements for B are incorrect. In the sketchup they are 12.25 long. In the drawing above its 11.5</p><p>I've just cut and build all the doors and now its too short :(</p>
<p>I have another question on the dimensions. On the sketch posted for piece J the dimensions are 12.25 x 2.5 (In the pdf its 11.5 x 2.5)</p><p>Also for piece K the sketch is 10.75 x 38.5 (As opposed to 11 x 39.5)</p><p>Are the pdf dimensions the ones you actually used?</p>
<p>Just a query on the lumber quantities. Above you say:</p><ul> <br><li>2.5&quot; x 3/4&quot; = 65'</ul><p>Does that mean you need a piece 2.5 x 3/4 by 65 foot? </p>
Yes. Approximately 65 board feet of 1x3.
I'm not sure how to share the sketchup file on this site. I just joined Instructables. Maybe someone else on the site knows. I just know that I love your jewelry armoire, but I wanted to change the depth. Thanks.
<p>Wow! This is EXACTLY what I have been searching for! I too, like &quot;twall2&quot;, would like to try some different renders on this. Would you be willing to share the sketchup file? That would really help...</p>
How do I share a sketchup file on here?
Would you be willing to share the sketchup file? I'd like to try some different material combos on it, and renders would be nice :)
Sure! Just send me a private message with your email address. It's a shame they don't allow you to post sketchup files here...
fantastic. <br>its now on my to make list <br>thanks
Beautiful Jakesote
Muy bien, claudiacita! (Gracias)
What program did you use to create your drawings?
Google sketchup. Its completely free and pretty powerful.
this is a lovely ~ible. i wich to make some thing similar but with anyother material ..as i cant work with wood.
Wow! Ain't got any jewels, but if one day I win the lotto and gift a lot of them to my husband I will make a copy of this incredible furniture! <br>Voted!
Niiiice !&hellip; <br>Guess where my next break-in will be. Me wife need a present : the whole lot, jewels and armoire, will do. <br>Now, what was the address you told me again ?&hellip; <br>LOL <br>THANK YOU FOR SHARING !!!!&hellip;
Beautiful! <br>

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