In this video you will learn How to Make a Cuff Cabinet for Your Bracelets presented by a Tulsa Consignment Resale Store: The Tulsa Shed Shop.
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Hi, my name is Jonathan Pierce and I do resale out of this building right behind me called the Tulsa Shed Shop and one thing that’s common for customers to do is to come by and buy things for the purpose of redoing them or repurposing them. So today I wanted to make a video of this old cabinet box that I had for sale in my shop and show you how I repurposed that into a display case for bracelets, so stay tuned.
Sometimes the coolest stuff is in the most random places. At least that’s the case at the Tulsa Shed Shop. Furniture, electronics, tools. In our business we run across a little bit of everything and post it all for sale at Tulsa Shed Shop.com. The place is so unique we decided it needed its own show. So we threw a stage in front of it to find out what would happen. This is Tulsa Shed Shop.
So how this came about was, this was an item that had come into the shed shop from one of the pickups and around that same time my wife was interested in having something to organize her bracelets in. So the goal became to make a cuff display cabinet for her bracelets. That was also going to be able to hang on the wall. Luckily it was already painted this color and I thought that worked just fine as a good color. As is the case with a lot of these type of things, all the hardware had all been painted over.
So the first thing I did was remove the hardware and use a product to remove the paint. I used something called goof-off, but it’s one of those things were you go to the home improvement store and there’s 6 or 7 options, so you can really just choose one there all pretty much gonna work, some are more environmentally safe and things like that. This one came with a spray bottle. And the first step they said to do is to shake the can and then pour some contents into the spray bottle. Well what I learned later is that, really for my purpose I didn’t need to do that, the spray bottle was something that just helps get it on a big piece of furniture. If I had to do this again what I would have done is just found some small cups to pour the product in and just drop the hardware in the cups. One thing I ran across was that the screws were too small to handle with the gloves on; you definitely need to wear gloves with a product like this. So what I did was screw them into a piece of wood, so that I will be able to take a toothbrush and run over the top of them and clean the part I needed to clean and have them stay put.
So I sprayed everything down and there’s a period the bottle will tell you to leave it in there and then it starts to work and then you can go start to scrub away at it and when I was done it looked like this. So it worked great for me, it took some work but it did work. Once I got the screws clean I realized that they were all kind of a different shade and they didn’t really look that great, so at this point I already knew I was going to plan to buy some new screws that matched the color of the hardware. Next I went ahead and removed some of the wood pieces that were on here that were for previous shelving. So I just took a chisel and a nail puller and a hammer and just kind of pulled them back and scraped them away and get them ready to paint and to match the paint I just took the actual cabinet in to a home improvement store and we just set the cabinet down and they were able to get the color matcher to set on top of it and we were able to get the color that way.
So we got pretty much an exact match and I just went ahead and painted everything that I could on the box itself. Next I took the door off and it was kind of flimsy you can see me moving it back and forth here it just kind of gotten kind old and worn out and I wanted to help stabilize that back up. This was held together by nails but I didn’t want to mess that up because I felt I was pretty much going to break it if I did. So next I got a straight edge and lined it up so that it would be positioned straight on both sides and then I applied clear caulking on all the areas that seemed to be loose and there were some gaps there as well and caulking will to a degree act like glue and it was kind of serving two purposes. It was filling those gaps and it was going to help secure it up so I wiped that off, you can get a spray bottle filled with water and a paper towel to deal with the mess.
Once it dried I just went ahead and painted it as well as painted the little pieces that were left over, these were what we’re going to go into the interior of the door once I put some glass in it which was the next step to go get some glass. Glass is actually very cheap to buy for something like this, I think I only paid like 6 dollars. You just call a local glass business and tell them the measurements that you need and I made sure to have the measurements be slightly smaller so that I wasn’t risking such a tight fit that I may not be able to get it in there. And this was going to be the next step that was going to really help make this door be solid and stay in place. I went ahead and put caulking on the inside and this again was going to act like glue for me to a degree, it was clear caulking so it was going to still look good when it dried and this is something were you definitely have to have the wet paper towels in this step because you will use them to wipe away and really get it looking good. The other reason for this is if you tried to do this with you finger it would be very easy to cut you.
And as a last step I just took a flat head screw driver to help get out some of the corner spots. Once all that dried now it was ready to put these little trim pieces that I had. So if I did this in steps, I would put some of this wood glue on one side and then put the trim piece on it and let that dry and then when that was dry I would come back to it and do another side and then came back and did the final side. And all of those things together, the caulking on the outside of the corners, the caulking with the glass and then this glue with these trim pieces, all of that together really made this door solid again. Next I went and purchased the pieces for the rods that I was going to put inside the cabinet for the bracelets to hang on. There wasn’t an official way to do this, so I was just referencing some of the other cuff holder and cuff cabinets and the bracelet display holders that other people had made. For this I went to Hobby Lobby, which is a craft store we have here and I bought some wooden rods and a wooden ball cap to put on the top of it and then another piece which I’m not really sure what it was, it kind of looked like a wooden wheel here. But it was something that was going to serve my purpose as a trim piece.
This just helped give it more of a finished look. I also got some double headed screws at a home improvement store, this was one of those situations where I was asking for these and the guy just basically said that they did not have them, and I ended up finding them on my own. In a home improvement store, if you’re told that they don’t have something there’s still a good chance that they do have it. So these were going to be what helped me put the wooden ball caps on to the wooden rods and help make it all be solid and then before I started cutting I went ahead and measured where I wanted the rods to be positioned and how many I felt were going to fit in there and still look good. So I picked some measurements that I thought would work well and I started cutting them with a circular saw. This really is not the best tool to use for this, it would be better to have a miter saw or something that will give you more control on the straight edge but this is just what I had so that’s how I did it.
I sanded them of a little bit then I just positioned them where I had my measurements to just double check that I was happy with the way things were going. Next I drilled out a hole at the top of each piece so I’d have something for my double headed screw to go into, and then it was just a matter of working a screw in and turning each piece opposite each other, so that it would eventually screw together and this allowed it to be a really solid piece that wouldn’t come apart easily. There’s a chance that it’s going to be bumped around a little bit so that helped it be solid. Next I was ready to paint them and to make it easy I screwed them all on to a 2 by 4 so I would have an easy way to paint them. So I started with a coat of Kilz which is a primer that just helped soak in the paint and give it a base and once that dried I came back and painted it with a regular color and I did 2 coats of that.
Then I went ahead and drilled through my measurements to prepare for the screw to come through and to start putting it together and here on the other side I’m using a countersink bit which is something that helps with the finished look. It’s designed to drill a bigger size hole at the top that’s the size of a screw head so it will sink down at the same level of the wood and not be seen. It allows you to cover it up so it can give it that finished look. So I went through and drilled all those out and once those rods where dry I went ahead and unscrewed them and took them off, some of them were kind of stuck because of the paint so I had to kind of knock them off. Then it was just a matter of screwing each rod into those holes that I had pre-drilled and because my cuts were done with a skil saw they weren’t exactly straight so I kind of had to work with them a little bit to move them and turn them and get them to where they looked level.
Now here’s where that countersink part comes in; next I used some speckling to cover up those screw holes and give it that finished look. Then I took more of an artist paint brush that I had that made it easy to get into the little nooks and crannies that were left over that still needed some touch up work. After that dried, now it was time to put the hardware back on and get it ready to put the door back on. So this I did with a regular screw driver instead of a drill gun because I thought that the drill gun was going to be little bit overkill and could possibly crack the wood if too much pressure was applied so I didn’t want to risk it. Then I brought the door over and attached that to the hinges. I took of the painter’s tape which was protecting the threads and then screwed the handle on and then I put the door latch back on and I adjusted that a little bit with some pliers and lastly I needed to create a solution to be able to hang this on the wall and hang it in a solid way.
There’s more than one way to approach this and what solution will work best depends on what the item is. I just happen to have these spare parts lying around so I decided I was going to kind of make up my own solution. So my plan was to create some metal bracing that will go in the back that the screws could hang on and just have something solid in general. So to prepare for that I used a stud finder which will light up whenever it finds a stud and what it’s doing is its finding the metal nails and that’s what’s causing it to light up. Normally studs are 16 inches apart that’s the normal measurement but it’s not uncommon for it to be slightly off. So it might be 15 inches it might be 16 inches you don’t want to just assume it’s going to be exactly 16 inches, you want to check it, so that’s what I’m doing here and once it beeps I always tack a nail in just to verify that there is in fact a stud there. So using those 2 marks I was able to get the exact measurement that I needed so I would know where to place my holes for the screws on the display box.
So I used a saw-saw or a recipricating saw with a construction blade and a construction blade just means that it can handle wood or metal. And I was just going to create my own solution with these L-brackets that I had lying around. Once I cut of the piece I needed I used a file to get rid of the sharp edges and I kept doing that till I ended up with these 4 pieces here. These already had 2 places for me to put some screws in to attach them but my plan was to drill a hole through a couple of them so they can serve as reinforcement to where I was going to hang the screws. So I took that measurement from the wall and brought it to the back of the box and I made my marks. Then I positioned those metal pieces and marked where I was going to screw them in and because there’s not a lot of wood to work with here I wanted to pre drill those screw holes to prevent it from splitting once I put the screws in.
So I pre drilled those holes and next it was time to mark the area where the screws from the wall where going to be inserted in. So I made sure to get a drill bit that was at least bigger than the screw head that was going to go in that hole. A lot of people don’t know this but most drill bit sets that you get are going to be able to handle both wood and metal you need to check the box to make sure but that’s normally the case. So I drilled out the hole on 2 of them because I was only needing screws at the top and I also positioned 2 at the bottom and their only purpose was to provide the same amount of spacing at the bottom so the cabinet will still rest level against the wall then I screwed all those in. So at this point I already drilled all the holes in the metal but I still needed to drill the hole in the wood. So I did that next and the result was I now had a strong place to put the screw in that was going to be able to hold it up just fine.
If you look at this picture you can see that if I did not have this metal piece here there is a chance that the wood can break and the whole thing could just come crashing to the ground. And all this was done based on the measurement I took beforehand so that once I came back to the wall it would all line up and I also used a level to show me exactly where to put that other screw so that it could hang up there straight and level. So since I had taken that measurement in the beginning now when I’m ready to put it on the wall everything’s going to line for me and it’s going to be that perfect fit that we’re looking for. You can see that I’m putting some weight on it there just to make sure that it’s really secure and that concludes one way to tackle how to make a cuff display cabinet for your bracelets.
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