A jewelry box is the perfect gift for a loved one. Building it yourself makes it even more special. The jewelry box in this project features a mirror, ample room for necklaces and rings, and conveniently mounts on your wall. It’s also easy and inexpensive to build. Here’s what you’ll need for this quick project:
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Miter Saw
- Nailer or Hammer & Nails
- Power Drill
- 1/8” Drill Bit
- 1/16” Drill Bit
- Tape Measure
- 1” 16-G Nails or 1” Brad Nails
- ½” x 4” x 48” Oak Board
- 2 x 2-½” Plywood
- All-Purpose Adhesive
- Small Hooks & 2 Small Hinges
- 2” Oak Dowel
- Mounting Hardware
- Tuffed Ring Inserts
- 12” x 24” Mirror
- Pain & Paint Brush
- Wood Filler
- Putty Knife
- Circular Saw (optional)
When taking on this DIY task be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear.
- Eye Protection
- Ear Protection
Measure and cut wood. Using a scrap piece of wood as a guide, rip your 24” x 24” plywood in half with a circular saw. Use a power or hand miter saw to make the following cuts. — From oak boards: cut three 22-¾” pieces; cut two 11-¾” pieces; cut five 5-1/8” pieces; cut two 2-3/8” pieces. From oak dowel, cut two 5-¼” pieces.
Assemble wood sub-frame. Arrange two 22-3/4” oak pieces and two 11-3/4” oak pieces into a rectangle, with the 11-3/4” pieces on the outside. Apply glue to the ends of the long pieces, set into place, and fasten with 1” nails. Use some of your 5-1/8” pieces to align your other long piece against the middle of the two other boards, then glue and nail into place.
Install small shelves. Starting at the bottom left side, use your spacers to a align a 5-1/8” shelf between two of the 22-3/4” pieces. Apply glue to the ends, then secure with nails. Repeat this process for two additional shelves. Next, place your spacers in the top right corner. Apply glue to the ends of another shelf piece and install underneath the spacers with your nailer.
Install shelf dividers and dowels. Apply glue to the end of your dowels and, using spacers, align them with the shelves on the opposite side, then nail into place. To install the last shelf, start by placing your ring holder in the top left corner. You may need to cut it to fit. If so, measure and mark the back, then cut to size with the miter saw. Apply glue to the ends of the last shelf and fasten with your nailer.
Fill nail holes on outside of oak. Fill any holes on the outside of your frame with wood filler, then let dry per manufacturer’s instructions.
Paint plywood. Sand any rough edges of your plywood, then paint all sides of one piece of plywood and one side of your second piece of plywood. Let dry per manufacturer’s instructions.
Sand. Once dry, sand with 150 grit sandpaper, rounding edges as you see fit. Once you achieve your desired finish, wipe with a tack cloth or rag.
Attach frame to plywood. Place your frame face down and apply a bead of glue to the outside edges. Align your plywood against the back of the frame and nail into place. Paint the sides and front edges, taping it off if you’d like. We chose to leave the interior unpainted, but feel free to do whatever you’d like.
Attach mirror. While the paint is drying, apply glue on one side of your spare 12” x 24” and position the mirror in place. Place a heavy object on top to ensure the glue adheres properly.
Install hardware. Once your paint is dry, pre-drill for hooks, then tighten by hand. Apply glue to the back of your ring holder, then set into place. Mark hinge locations, pre-drill, and screw into place.
Hang. Select the appropriately-rated hanging hardware and install per manufacturer’s instructions.
Your build is complete. The only thing missing is jewelry.