New Custom Furniture Project!

GC Custom Woodworking has just received a commission to design and build a unique, custom furniture piece to safely store jewelry.  It’s a large jewelry armoire.  The design is based on a similar custom furniture piece we built two years ago.   The armoire will have a real Chicago handmade wood furniture style:  strong lines, clean design, and unique look.  The design is informed by Arts & Crafts sensibility, but its final form is determined by the client’s specific needs and wishes.  Here are a few initial drawings of the piece and a look at some of the material that will be used to build it.

The finished armoire will have a distressed look.  We’ll use a traditional milk paint finish and several other finishing techniques to give the piece the fun look the client wants.  The primary wood is hand selected poplar.  Poplar is a stable hardwood that accepts paint well.  The drawers will be made of maple and the jewelry dividers will be cherry.   There are seven drawers.  The bottom two are a bit deeper to accommodate some of the unique pieces in the client’s jewelry collection.  Built into the sides are compartments to hang necklaces.   A mirror is built into the lid.  And we’re going to use a specialty hinge for the lid that works like a laptop computer hinge allowing the lid to stay open at any angle.