Somethings are meant to happen when stars align and that’s when things fall into place. Such is the case for this DIY (but aren’t most happenings like that). Anyways, entangled necklaces and watches carelessly thrown into different drawers without any care could no longer be blamed onto the faultless overpowered trinket and this messiness had gotten on my nerves. As if I’m not playing crossovers with the different roles in my daily life that I have to deal with such nuisances. In the meanwhile, I had a flashback of the urban outfitter’s metal organizer and I thought to myself now that I’ve got some basic woodcutting skills under my belt (due to my summer workshop practice) why not make a similar wall organizer that would meet my needs and at the same time save some space?
Not to brag but the addition of the shelf to place my watches and shades made this design meaningful to my urgency. Dainty accessories of the likes of necklaces, bangles, bracelets, earrings…..you name it can be hanged. The only apparent disadvantage that I see to is that you cannot place more than one sunglasses at a time but hey it works for me since I wear the same thing every day and rest are occasional props to be used during photoshoots. Now without a further adieu let’s dive straight into the making of this wood jewelry organizer with shelf.
- Long screws
- Wood dowel insert
- Wood glue
- Sanding paper
- Gloves & mask
- Silicon gun
- Electric hand drill & drill bits
- Hand saw
The measurements can be noted down from the above picture. This tutorial is a tad bit advance insight of tools involved. And as such for the cutting, I made use of my Uni’s tool lab to procure the necessary but if you don’t have the required tools you could hand down your wood slab with the measurement slip to your closest hardware store to cut it for you. The remaining steps would call for an electric hand drill & the accompanying drill bits to handle assembling the various parts together.
Also, the dowels dimensions as follows for:
- watches: height 8.2cm, diameter 2.0cm,
- rings: height 3.3cm, diameter 0.9cm,
- necklace, earrings, bracelets: height 2.3cm, diameter 0.6cm.
Commence by cutting the dowels as per the measurements with a hand saw. Go ahead and sand the top & the bottom of the dowels and wipe the dust off clean with a damp cloth. Now, the reason I love pine wood so much is for its striking wide wood grain (other than it being cheap making it a perfect choice for experimenting with beginner-level projects) and per se would like to keep it as it is but at the same time, I couldn’t do without a splash of color that’s when i decided to coat the dowels in mint green (the color that I’m currently obsessed with). At the same time, highlighting the main functioning components of the organizer by virtue of contrast.
3. Making the bottom V
For the size of the organizer that I’m working with, it appeared to look best with 6 hangers 3 each on the side such that they have enough space from each other so as to restrain the avoidable tangling of the hangables with each other. For this step, I put the two wood pieces the way they are to be assembled and then divided the V into three parts and found the midpoint of each part to drill holes accordingly. Next, I tested the dowels for fit and then have them removed for the following step.
I clamped down the two wood divisions together in position and drilled a hole from one segment of the wood long enough to penetrate to the other segment in an angle such that it is parallel to the rod of wood. It is imperative to create a small indent to hide the screw head from plain view (a method to be used for each screw thereon) by drilling the same hole with a slightly bigger drill bit. Still clamped to the table fill the hole with a screw i.e. at least a 5-6cm long.
4.Attaching the bottom V to the inverted base V
Find the midpoints of the open ends of the V and drill perpendicular to the edge of the V through the other side. Now clamp the V with the inverted base V and drill through the hole to the base. Finishing it by creating indents & fastening the screws in.
5.Making the shelf
Coming to the shelf, my concerns were that I could place two dowels at a distance corresponding to the average size of the girth of the watches. But at the same time, there would be enough space left to park my shades. I deliberately left a measure of about 4.7cm from the left side of the shelf such that when the dowel is fixed there falls directly within the boundary of the triangle base behind it to give a neat look when stared at straight ahead. Accordingly, I measured the center point and drilled 2 holes in a row for the dowel inserts to fit in. Consecutively, I drilled a hole in the dowel to fit my wood insert, followed it by applying some glue to the shelf and hammering it down the dowels for a flawless fit.
6.Attaching the shelf to the base
After the dowel has adhered to the shelf, it’s time to fix it to the previously assembled component. At this point, clamp the inverted V onto the table first and then go ahead and hold the shelf to the base and consecutively fasten both ends. Drill three holes, one on the center and two on each end but 5cm away so to not collide with the screws holding the V to the base.
7.Making the ring holder
Again, divide the surface of the wood in three and find the mid-points. Drill a 3cm hole, get rid of the dust and glue the dowels to place like so. Attach this portion to the bottom V of the organizer with glue.
8.Attaching the mirror
And finally coming to the mirror, it was handled for me by a glass-cutting shop but if you have a glass cutter it can easily be managed by yourself. Make sure to sand the edges of the freshly cut mirror lest you injure yourself. Thereafter, apply beads of silicone all across the three edges of the mirror and advance by placing it onto the wood plaque, positioned to the center. Lastly, place a small jar of paint/candle to encourage the mirror to adhere. Give it 24 hours to dry and then happily dangle your jewelry as you desire.
And heck don’t forget to take a minute or two to enjoy the sight of your hard work for the real contentment lies in that short span of a fleeting moment. And just like that one day, you may progress to more sophisticated projects who knows…
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