Wooden Jewelry Display
I've been looking for ways to display jewelry in my vintage booth and I really wanted something different than the typical black velvet forms I see everywhere else. While browsing Pinterest I found several ideas that I liked and decided to combine a few of them and custom make a display for exactly what I needed.
I started with a scrap piece of pine board. I knew I wanted slots on the side for necklaces and a base with dowels to hold rings. Little did I know that this would be a bit more complicated than I thought when I was planning everything out in my head. 😂😂😂
To get the angled slots, I set my table saw blade to a 45° angle and used a crosscut sled to to hold my piece of wood while I made the cuts. This can probably be done a number of different ways but this seemed like the easiest and fastest way with the options and resources we had available. (I enlisted my dad to help since he knows his way around the shop a little better than me!)
I spaced out the slots 1.5 inches apart and cut 7 slots on each side. **After this project was complete I realized I should have probably made the slots deeper to accommodate some of my shorter necklaces which didn't fit on this display. Either that or I should have made the board thinner overall. I suggest testing out several necklaces to make sure they will fit.**
Next, I cut my 6 inch base piece on the radial arm saw.
Once the base piece was cut I laid out where the main piece would stand and then figured out where I wanted my dowels to go and drilled the holes for them using a drill press. I made sure to set a stop so I would not drill all the way though. I used a 1/4 inch drill bit but ended up having to go one size up to be able to get my dowels in the holes because they were just a hair bigger than 1/4 inch.
I wanted the upright portion to lean back at an angle so I tilted the piece back to where I wanted it and adjusted my table saw blade to that angle and took a cut off of the bottom.
Since I would be attaching the upright with screws from the bottom of the base, I had to drill the clearance holes at an angle as well to ensure the screws would go straight through the upright piece. I used a scrap piece underneath the base to raise it up until the upright was straight up and down on the base and then drilled my clearance holes.
Before attaching the upright to the base I decided to use the router to round all the edges for a softer look and feel.
I used a countersink bit on the clearance holes to ensure that the screws would not be sticking out on the bottom of the base.
Next, I attached the upright to the base with 2 inch wood screws.
I cut my dowels to size and pounded them in with a mallet. They were so snug that I didn't feel it was necessary to use wood glue but I definitely would have glued them if they were not as tight. I sanded the entire piece and then chose a light stain for the finish.
Here is a side view of the finished product.
All done! Even though I'm using this piece for a display in my booth, it would work great for storing and displaying your own jewelry too!A few things I learned along the way that I might do differently next time...•Test more than one length of necklace andmake sure your shorter necklaces will fit as well before determining the width of your board.•Make the notches deeper than 3/4 inches to ensure shorter necklaces fit.•Add hooks or short screws to the back down the middle in order to allow longer necklaces to be adjusted and not hang too low in the front.I hope you enjoyed this project!!
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