Easy Jewelry Box

Submitted by JoanneS on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 16:12

I built this jewelry box out of scraps as a prototype to test out my Easy Jewelry Box plan, which is inspired by the Willy Bookcase and Master Closet System drawers. When Mom saw it unfinished, she liked it and called dibs on the first one! Well, since this one is now for Mom (and the lumber was free), I went ahead and spent some extra $ for hers – used the self-adhesive felt for the drawer and box bottoms, some embossed felt to line the drawers, added adjustable drawer dividers, and solid antique brass knobs – ‘glammed’ it up a bit. It is painted and stained to match her bedroom furniture. For Mom, I even stained the inside of the drawer box. :)

The build was easy, and took less than 2 hrs. I did both stain and paint for the finish on this one, and it took about 2 hrs to do that. I’m planning to make several more of these in different finishes, and give them as gifts.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used
Paint: Territorial tan by Ace, Stain: Minwax Wood-Sheen in Plantation Walnut, with a few drops of black added in, followed by 2 coats of Minwax polycrylic in satin over the stained parts.
Recommended Skill Level



Tue, 08/28/2012 - 16:15

“Shop” your scrap bin before buying your lumber for this project, you may have enough left overs already on hand. Probably would cost about $20 for whitewood boards, birch ¼” ply, regular felt and unpainted wooden knobs, and you’d still have some left overs. One sample size paint (~4 oz.) was more than enough for one box. The 7/8” unpainted knobs are great, and they only cost $1.49 for 2 (found these at Ace). These solid brass mini knobs ran about $4 each. The 2 sticks of moulding for the optional drawer dividers cost me about $12, but these pieces are more than enough for 4 boxes. For the ¼” plywood – one 2’ x 2’ piece is enough for 3 boxes. I’ll be making several. :)