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
- Stain (I recommend gunstock or fruitwood for a lighter color)
- Stain conditioner (to prevent blotching of stain in pine wood)
- 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)
- Biscuit joiner (optional, but preferred)