Jewelry Armoire

I wrote earlier about building this jewelry armoire. It started when I found the beginnings of an old project in a corner of my shop. I decided to make the abandoned case into a jewelry box. (Click on photo to the right for more information about the armoire.)

jewelry chest in progress
jewelry armoire

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However, once I finished the outside I decided the inside of the jewelry chest was boring and not particularly attractive, so I decided to add a mirror. This article discusses how I did that.

I began by making a frame to hold the glass. I used used cherry wood to match the rest of the interior.

Because only one side of the frame holding the glass is visible I decided to make the frame using simple miters strengthened with a hidden spline.

I cut the miters on my table saw using a cross cut sled set up to cut 45 degree angles.

making jewelrey box

(You can see the burn marks on the cherry in the photo above. Cherry burns easily when it is cut, although I take it to mean it's time to get my blades sharpened.)

half lap joinery

Then I cut a rabbit to hold the glass in place within the frame. I added a center style to the frame using a half-lap cut to fit in the same groove that I had just cut for the glass.

With that done I had the frame ready for the glass. I laid out the glass and marked it to size.

cutting glass

Then I cut the glass to fit.

Sounds easy, doesn't it. I actually did it on the first try, which pleased me, because I haven't done much with glass. In fact, I had to look up the best method to refresh my memory.

cutting glass
cutting glass

I scribed a line using a straightedge as a guide, pressing firmly as I drew the glass cutter across the glass. Then I tapped the glass with the back of the cutter on the back side of the scribe.

Then, gently, gently I popped the two pieces apart. Amazing. It worked.

After that was done, I made a strip of quarter-round molding to hold the mirror in place. I attached the quarter round with small brads, being extremely careful not to crack the glass! I also pre-drilled for the brads so as not to split the thin quarter round.

I then screwed the frame into place inside the case.  I didn't want to attach it permanently in case the glass ever did need to be replaced. I added removable plugs over the screws and that was that.

jewelrey chest mirror

Just that small step and voila: the jewelry armoire was suddenly more interesting. It was a good reminder to me about the importance of details.

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