Well, as you all know, women need shiny stuff. Lot's of it. Necklaces, bracelets, belts and so on.
Problem my girlfriend had was, where to keep all that? Most of it was stacked in drawers, always tangled and a living hell to find 'that purple one' or something. So, to make her life a bit easier i decided i had to make something to organise everything so it's easy to pick out the jewelry, matching the outfit.
In this instructable I wil explain the project i finished last christmas in the shed at -8C... (damn cold)
Here is the end result:
Step 1: Design
So, first i needed to think of what and how exactly. I had a somewhat limited space. I wanted it to be as symmetrical as possible. She already had a nice mirror so i wanted to integrate that as well if possible. Now how to make a fully customizable board... Some necklaces are long, others are short... what else kind of jewelry women have?
The idea grew and i went to the hardware store. I found these M5 nuts. Also found some bolts which are perfect. That would be ideal! The thing is, the shaft is smooth and there is only M5 on the bottom part. This makes sure the stuff hanging from it will not damage. I used 50mm ones.
So, i bought lot's of these.
Note: If anyone will also create such a board, use M6. There are much more sizes of these bolts available in M6! This design error forced me to create some specials for the bracelets later on in the design.
A large wooden board. Try to keep in mind how big your car is... I had to have them cut off 5cm heheh
Step 2: Create
Measured the mirror, measured the remaining size of the board. Calculated the spaces in between the mounting points. At this point i decided to add also a power-extension and 2 nice spotlights.
Drew all necessary holes/cut-outs. Check twice :-) Drilled the holes and put in the nuts.
The second picture is taken at this point.
Now i needed to have the board a little bit thicker, to be able to house the electrical stuff and to be able to keep the mounting brackets out of view. See Pic 3 and 4. I used some spare bits and pieces and used moldable wood to even it out in between of the bits.
At the top i created a space to mount the bracket from which the entire board will hang. I had to bend the brackets a bit to make it easier to hang it on the wall and then screwed it all on.
Step 3: Painting and Wiring
Next i put a base coat in white on the board. In hindsight it's not advisable to paint when it's freezing...
The paint was too thick at some points and so i had to sand quite a bit off again. I should have used a thinner haha. When it was all dry i put on structure paint.
When the paint was all dry, I put on the spotlights and added the outlets and switch. Unfortunately no pictures from the electrical installation part, but that's all pretty straight forward. If you have some experience in laying electrical wiring it's a piece of cake.
I drilled a few big holes in the wall and screwed in 2 sturdy hook-ankers to hang the board on.
Step 4: Finishing up...
When all electrical wiring was done, it was time to mount the board and surprise the girlfriend.
I put some of the bolts in a couple of the 'cram-nuts' . Turn a nut all the way onto the bolt and add a ring to prevent damage to the paint. When you tighten the bolt now it will be really sturdy!
Now for the bracelets... I thought there would also be longer bolts available to accomodate two bracelets on one bolt. Unfortunately not... So my advice is to use M6. My solution was to screw in wire-ends, slide a aluminium tube on top and then put a Nylock nut on it. Not as nice looking as the bolts, but it does the trick. (A few belts can also be hung there in stead of the bracelets)
So, time to surprise the girlfriend. The board is a big succes i might say. And ofcourse the envy of all girlfriends... :-)
Well, so far my first instructable. The only thing left to do, is create something for her earrings as well...
Hope you like it. Now go build one too! You might be in time for Valentine's Day haha