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Jewellery Cabinet Box in Oak and Walnut

2nd September 2012

I’ve just finished a really nice jewellery cabinet that has some nice details and which was a lot of fun to make. The cabinet was a graduation present for the client’s daughter, so the design was created collaboratively, which is always good because then the person gets exactly what they want.

 

The jewellery cabinet box is quite large for its type – 400mm wide x 330mm deep x 300mm high, but it incorporates a lot of different spaces and compartments for storing different sized objects.

The outside of the box is dovetailed at the corners and has a hinged top. The top is one of the nicest features, being made of Pippy Oak with a wavy grain pattern. The lid panel was joined at 45 degrees in order that the beautiful knotty ‘pips’ were showcased and not left in the offcuts on the workshop floor.

 

Dovetialed Jewellery cabinet box by HM HandMade: bespoke cabinet and furniture makers in Liverpool, Wirral, Cheshire and Chester

The case was made first, and then the drawers and compartments were made to fit. This photo shows the dovetialed corners before being cleaned up.

 

Pippy Oak and Walnut jewellery cabinet by HM HandMade: cabinet makers and furniture designers in Liverpool, Cheshire, Wiiral and Chester

Pippy Oak top of Oak and Walnut jewellery cabinet.

 

Underneath the lid is a set of 14 small compartments and 3 larger ones made from walnut. Walnut is used to line all the interior spaces, and its chocolate colour gives a lovely contrast to the orangey/tan of the oak. The base of all the compartments is lined with my favourite red felt which is made from British wool.

The front of the cabinet has three drawers set in flush with the face of the box. Each drawer is dovetailed at the corners and slides in Walnut runners.  The drawers are opened with a cute little groove at each side, which keeps the drawer fronts clean and simple.

 

Oak jewellery cabinet lined with walnut and felt, by HM Handmade: Bespoke furniture and cabinet makers in Chester, Cheshire, Wirral and Liverpool

Under the oak top, the compartments are made from walnut. All the drawers and compartments are lined with felt.

 

Handmade dovetailed drawers with runners by furniture desinger maker Hugh Miller from HM Handmade - bespoke cabinet and furniture makers in Liverpool, Wirral, Cheshire and Chester

The grooves in the case are used to mark where the drawer runners should be set into the side of each drawer.

 

The inside of the drawers are also lined with the walnut and felt. The top drawer has five large compartments, and the bottom drawer is not divided so bigger things like photos and letters can be stored.

 

Oak and Walnut jewellery cabinet by HM HandMade: cabinet makers and furniture designers in Liverpool, Cheshire, Wiiral and Chester

Oiling the cabinet. A lot of the components were oiled before assembly, becasue its often difficult to get into all the corners after everything is glued togther.

 

The middle drawer has an oval shaped dowel of walnut which sits in a cradle in the walnut lining, and is used to store bracelets and bangles.

 

Walnut and Oak Jewellery Cabinet Box. Handmade bespoke furniture by HM HandMade, bespoke cabinet and furniture makers in Liverpool, Wirral, Cheshire and Chester

Bracelets are stored on a dowel of walnut which sits in a cradle in the drawer.

 

Dovetialed jewellery cabinet box by HM HandMade, bespoke cabinet and furniture makers in Liverpool, Wirral, Cheshire and Chester

The drawer pull detail was repeated on the edge of the lid. It’s a nice, minimalist detial which works nicely with the other tactile features of the box. As always, I carved my makers mark into the bottom corner.

 

Hand carved inscription on handmade bespoke jewellery cabinet by HM HandMade, Cabinet and furniture makers in Chester, heshire, Wirral and Liverpool

The piece was commissioned as a graduation present, so their initials and the year were inscribed on the side.

 

The cabinet was finished off with the owners initials and the year of her graduation inscribed in the side. Five coats of oil later, and it was all done. It one of my favourite pieces I’ve made and came together very nicely. Here’s a photo of the finished piece…

 

Handmade bespoke oak and walnut jewellery cabinet box by HM HandMade: bespoke cabinet and furniture makers in Liverpool, Wirral, Cheshire and Chester

The finished jewellery cabinet.

 

This blog post was written by Hugh Miller, of HM HandMade, who specialises in bespoke hardwood cabinetry and handmade furniture. If you would like to see more of the work by Hugh, check out the website at www.hmhandmade.co.uk. Alternatively, get in contact directly on 07789 768 302, or email hugh@hmhandmade.co.uk.

 

 

 

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