How To Make A Jewelry Box

This is a fairly simple jewelry box, it is a dresser style type of jewelry box with pull out drawers that are lined in felt and have felt covered bottoms. This is an easy to build jewelry box and it uses standard board sizes that you may already have.

  • Commont material used:
  • 1 1/4 inch finish nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Wood conditioner
  • Paint
  • Paint brush

1 pc 1x8x6

1 pc ¼” x 2’x 2’ plywood (this piece is enough for 3 boxes)

 (recommend hardwood plywood here - it sands and finishes best)

2 mini drawer knobs

4 pieces of felt (2 drawer liners on 1 sheet, and 1 sheet each for box and drawer bottoms)

Finishing materials – paint or stain of your choice

OPTIONAL (adjustable drawer dividers):

1 pc 7/8” dentil moulding (1 pc is enough for several boxes)

1 pc 1 1/8” lattice OR screen bead moulding (1 piece is enough for several boxes)e.

Step 1: Attach sides to bottom. Outside edges of the sides
should be placed ½” in from the outside edge of the bottom
(see diagram) with 7 ¼” of space in between, with fronts and
backs flush. Use glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

Step 2: Attach Shelf. Shelf gets attached to sides, 2” up from the
surface of the bottom piece, keeping fronts and backs flush. See
Diagram. Use the 2” spacers here to help keep shelf spacing even
while nailing. Use glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

Step 4: Attach top, leaving ½” overhang on both sides, with
fronts and backs flush. The spacing between the top and the
shelf will be 2”. Use glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

Step 5: Attach Back to back of box, with the top and bottom
flush to the box, and the sides flush with the upright sides of
the box. The back doesn’t cover the ½” overhang area on
the top and bottom. Use glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

Step 6: Attach drawer sides to drawer fronts as shown in the
diagram. Keep tops and bottoms flush. Space in between
sides should be 5 ½”. Use glue and 1 ¼” finish nails. You will
build 2 of these.

6a. Measure and mark location for the drawer knob, and drill the
hole for the screw. . If you are doing the optional divider step, drill
the countersink on the inside of the drawer front now.

Step 7: Drawer back: For each drawer, attach drawer
back to drawer sides, keeping tops and bottoms flush.
Use glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

Step 8: Attach drawer bottoms to drawer frames with
all sides flush, using glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

Step 9: Finish dresser box and drawers.
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. Paint or Stain to desired finish.

Note : no need to paint or stain box and drawer bottoms, and
inside drawer bottoms – these will be covered with felt.

Allow the finish to dry thoroughly before applying the felt.

Step 10: Attach knobs.

Step 11: Apply felt to the drawer bottom.
For regular felt, apply a thin even layer of glue. You can use a small paint
brush. Apply the felt and smooth down thoroughly, especially at the
edges. For self adhesive felt, skip the glue, remove the backing and
press the adhesive side down on the piece. Smooth edges

Step 12: Apply felt to box bottom.

Step 13: Apply felt to inside drawer bottoms.

Step 14: Optional Adjustable Drawer divider:
Inside the drawer, at front and back, attach a piece of 7/8”
Dentil moulding (about 6 squares’ worth) with some glue
(clamp these till the glue dries). Make sure the squares are
lined up front to back.

Lastly finish with desired color or stain.

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