Fancy Jewelry Box

Jewelery Box, Fancy Jewelry Box, Gift
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Project plan for Fancy Jewelry Box

The original build for this was done a couple of years ago as a Christmas gift for Mom.    This plan incorporates my lessons learned from the original build, like using 1x3 instead of 1x2 for the doors, and having the inside door bottoms shallower, to allow more space on the inside for necklaces to hang and not get caught on the door.  I tried out the deeper doors on Mom’s necklace armoire, and they worked great.  Also, shoulder hooks worked a lot better than the fancy hooks, for hanging necklaces.

This plan also saves a bit of $ by calling for nails (or use ¾” brass shoulder hooks) instead of fancy hooks, and is sized to skip the sticky-back felt on the drawer bottoms.   If you wax your drawer bottoms and shelves, they’ll slide fine.  Priced with regular whitewood boards and wood knobs, you could do this build for about $50 in lumber and hardware (it does call for hardwood plywood for the drawer bottoms and door outsides – it sands and finishes a whole lot nicer than regular and makes the drawers slide better).  The felt for the insides would be optional.  This would also be a great use for some scrap 1x2, 1x3 and 1x8.

The diagram drawings in the plan are not to exact scale (still haven't mastered Sketchup - - they’re just lines and shapes from Powerpoint) but everything is marked with the sizes, to show what goes where.   The full plan is attached as a .pdf file, appearing just below "finish used." 



Shopping List

1 pc 1x8x8
1 pc 1x3x6
2 pc 1x2x6
1 pc 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 2' craft board
1 pc 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 2' craft board
1 pc 1/4" x 2' x 2' hardwood plywood
1.5 oz pkg 1 1/4" wire nails
(or substitute 3/4" shoulder hooks - about 24)
4 -- 2-packs of 1" unfinished knobs
2 sets flat hinges (about 1 ½” x 3 ½”)

1 ¼” finish nails
1” finish nails
Wood glue
Wood filler/putty
Paint or stain of your choice
Wax for bottoms of drawers and shelves
Felt/fabric/paper for box bottom and drawer/door lining
Magnet catches for doors

Cut List

2 pc @ 13” (top/bottom)
2 pc @ 12 3/8” (tower sides)
4 pc @ 5 ¾” (shelves)
2 pc @ 1 7/8” (spacers)

10 pc @ 5 ½” (drawer front/back)
10 pc @ 5 ¾” (drawer sides)
2 pc @ 5 ¾” (door bottoms)

2 pc @ 5 ¾” (door tops)
4 pc @ 12 1/8” (door front/back)

½” x 2 ½” craft board
2 pc @ 5 ¾” (upper insides of doors)

½” x 1 ½” craft board
2 pc @ 5 ¾” (lower insides of doors)

¼” hardwood plywood:
1 pc @ 7 ¼” x 13 7/8” (back)
5 pc @ 5 ½” x 7 ¼” (drawer bottoms)
2 pc @ 7 ¼” x 12 1/8” (door outsides

Cutting Instructions

Project plan shows a diagram of how to get all the pieces required from the 2' x 2' piece of 1/4" hardwood plywood.

Wood sizes for plan: 1x2 is 3/4" x 1 1/2"; 1x3 is 3/4" x 2 1/2", and 1x8 is 3/4" x 7 1/4"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
Finish Used
The demo picture is finished with 3 coats Benjamin Moore “Harmony”, sanded between coats, and 1 coat Minwax water based wipe on poly. Top and drawer fronts: 1 coat Minwax Express Color in Walnut, and 1 coat Minwax water based wipe on poly. - See more at:



Thu, 01/05/2017 - 04:30

What is craft board?  I am new to this and dont know what it is or where to find it.


Please advise.


Thu, 01/05/2017 - 14:37

Hi Irabhan, 

These are the craft boards from Lowes that will work nicely for this project. I always pick them out in person to make sure they are nice and flat.

1/2 x 2 1/2 x 2' craft board

1/2 x 1 1/2 x 2' craft board:

Happy building!   Joanne


Thu, 05/02/2019 - 13:40

Lowe's no longer carries the craft board.  I can not find it anywhere else.   Would 1x 2 and 1x3 poplar be a good substitute?

I want to build this for my wife.