Building Wood Drawer Organizers for Jewelry in 6 Steps Building Wood Drawer Organizers for Jewelry in 6 Steps

What You'll Need
Tape Measure
Straight edge ruler
1/4-inch balsa wood
Craft knife
Craft hand saw (Excel makes a perfect little saw for balsa wood)
Wood glue
Finish nails
Sandpaper (120-grit)

If you're tired of finding only 1 earring or picking up tangled necklaces, you could probably use one of the wooden drawer organizers. Making a jewelry organizer from balsa wood is simple and requires no power tools. You can lay the organizer to your specific needs and even make multiple organizers with ease. One idea is to have one level for earrings, one for necklaces and another for bracelets and watches.

Step 1 - Measure Drawer

Determine the size of your drawer with the tape measure. Measure the length, width and depth of your drawer. If you are putting the wooden drawer organizer into a deep drawer, the depth of the drawer is not as crucial. You will need to decide how deep you want your organizer to be; however, about 1 or 2 inches deep should be plenty. Deduct 1/4 inch from both length and width just measured.

Step 2 - Layout Organizer

Determine how you want to organize your jewelry by putting everything onto a sketched outline of the drawer. Once you determine the way you would like your wooden drawer organizer to look, draw the lines to indicate the dividers.

Step 3 - Cut Organizer Pieces

First cut the bottom of the wooden drawer organizer with the craft mini saw. If you plan to make multiple organizers, subtract an additional 1/8 inch from both the width and the length to fit in the box that will be described in final “Optional” Step. Sand the cut edges with 120-grit sandpaper, being careful to not reduce the size, as balsa is a soft wood. With a handsaw or craft knife, carefully cut divider pieces to exact sizes as determined by your layout drawing in Step 2.

Step 4 - Assemble Box

With wood glue and finish nails, place the outside sides and ends onto the bottom piece (all cut in Step 3). Check box for true square by measuring diagonals both directions, the measurements should be the same. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

Step 5 - Install Organizers

From the layout in Step 2, mark each piece where it intersects with another piece. At those marks, make a 1/8-inch groove and 1/2 the depth long (for example, if your organizer is 1-inch deep, the groove will be 1/2-inch deep) with either the craft saw or the craft knife for smaller pieces. The grooves on one piece will be at the top of the piece. The grooves on the intersecting pieces will be on the bottom. In this way, the pieces "marry" together to form the wooden drawer organizer cubbies. Glue in place and allow it to dry for 24 hours. No finish nails are required. With 120-grit sandpaper, gently smooth away any excess glue.

Step 6 - Box for Multiple Organizers

If you have decided to stack your wooden drawer organizer, you may want to make a box big enough to fit them all neatly. The base of the holding box would be the measured length and width less 1/4 inch each direction. This box will only have 3 sides, for ease of access to the organizers. The sides of this box will be equal to the combined depths of all the boxes.

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