Saturday, October 15, 2011


After many moons the Jewelry Cabinet is finally finished and installed.  The materials used are: African Mahogany for the cabinet and interior; Ambrosia Maple for the door panels, drawer fronts and back; Ebony Accents and Pulls; and Brusso and SOSS hardware.  This is one of my own designs, but it was heavily influenced by the G&G Curio Cabinet and The Woodwhisperer's  Gadget Station - both pictured below.  I also need to thank Aaron Marshall for his input and confirmation of my original sketch-up design. 

The first challenge of this project were the proud finger joints for the top and sides.  I used the table saw with 1/4 inch dado blade and some stop blocks on my miter gauge.  I cut the fingers for the top first and then fitted the side fingers to them.  Of course, I made a series of test cuts first.  I also left the sides long in case I screwed up.  That way I could just cut the fingers off and try again.  This is the third project in row I haven't had to "re-make" any parts.  Either I'm getting the hang of this wwing thing (scary) or just lucky.

The second challenge was the interior of the Cabinet.  It has three drawers and an upper center divider; with two Brusso necklace carousels on the right side and two adjustable shelves on the left side.

Because of the clearance required by the SOSS hinges, I bascilly had to build a box inside the cabinet to hold the drawers.  In buiding this interior box, I decided to use the proud finger joints again to provide some visual interest.

Since the G&G style can be described as somewhat masculine, I used the Ambrosia Maple to impart little feminine touch to the Jewelry Cabinet.  In that regard, the maple was used for the drawer fronts which are finger jointed into the sides.  I also decided to add the tsuba detail to the front of drawers with an integrated pull similar to the G&G Curio Cabinet.

Some other details I would like to highlight are (1) the Base - which will allow this Cabinet to be placed on a table, dresser, or stand, if one wishes; (2) the  magnetic catches and ebony door stops on the center divider; and (3) the door pulls (once again inspired from Marc's Gadget Station).

If you have any questions or comments (good or bad), please comment below.

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. Kyle,
    First, let me welcome you to the Woodworking Blogging World. Thanks for killing the interweb with the rest of us.

    Second, that is an absolutely stunning piece. I love Greene & Greene also, and your cabinet captures the essence of Greene & Greene while having a distinctive TexWood flavor too.

    Well done.

  2. I found my way here via the google+ woodworkers.

    Beautiful cabinet. It has many nice touches and fine details.

    Anyone professional or amature, should be proud to have crafted it.

  3. Nicely done my friend! I wasn't expecting so much to be going on inside, but it is absolutely beautiful!

  4. Gorgeous cabinet Kyle. Greene & Greene is such a great style.

  5. *Wolf Whistle!* Lots of fine details on your cabinet, Kyle. Very well done.

  6. Greene & Green is all about the details and you certainly have got them all here. Looks great! Really well done. I especially like the finger joints

  7. Wow, your work is absolutely beautiful!

  8. Very nice piece! I especially like the box joints on the drawers, the contrasting wood is a great look.

  9. I really like the proportions of the cabinet. What are the overall dimensions?

  10. Just awsome, beauty combination of elements...Cheers

  11. Wow, how did this one slip past me for so long? This looks fantastic, Kyle!