Published on May 24th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Jeweler’s Jam

Materials: (1) Helmer drawer unit on casters, (1) Vika Amon table top, (1) Hyllis shelving unit, (2) discontinued Ikea shoe racks, (1) Lack shelf, (1) Kolja mirror. The only extra hardware needed were some standard screws, drywall anchors and four small L shaped brackets.

Description: I design jewelry and work from my bedroom, where I already have a huge Vika Gruvan desk, an overflow of bookcases and no extra room to spare. So this action-packed little corner was pretty much my only option.

I also had no cash at the moment (Hey, not all of us can be Tiffany) so buying brand new furniture was out of the question, all the Ikea items I used were bought on Craigslist. I think I spent less than $40 total including hardware.

Here’s the steps so you too can do the jam:

First, I assembled the Helmer drawer unit. Then, using its height as a guide, I attached the L shaped brackets to the wall. (As you can see in the picture, I used some left over curtain brackets from another project to keep costs down.)

Next, I assembled the Hyllis shelving unit. Here is where I had to work some magic. The table top is wider than the shelves so in order to slide it in place without having to cut the table down to size I had to invert the Hyllis’ legs. This seriously compromises its stability, so I had to anchor it to the wall. After that, I slid the table top in place and secured it to the brackets with screws.

Then I hung the mirror (No, I’m not -that- vain, I just need to look at my work!) and the Lack shelf. As an extra bonus I installed a wire/tool dispenser made of L shaped brackets and a steel rod (Costs $2.50 to make). Since I still needed more shelving I added the shoe racks underneath the table. I bought two of them and stacked them, going under and around the Hyllis unit, then secured them with screws.

And that’s pretty much it.

Hey, it is not the sexiest of units, but it works for me. Plus it was $40 bucks. Beat that.

~ Sunny H., Chicago

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Jules Yap

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6 Responses to Jeweler’s Jam

  1. Fellow Jeweler says:

    I love this! I was looking to get back into some jewelry work again but my only concern is that this may not be sturdy enough to do some really hard metalsmithing?

  2. Amy says:

    I need this so badly. My jewelry work area is on “Hoarders” levels.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great ideas for Jewelers. esp. with small spaces.
    Waiting for IKEA to open in Denver area. thanks,JL.

  4. Moontree says:

    Wow, colour me impressed. Plus i love your sassy description of how you went about making it, hahaha.

    I do have one suggestion, as a fellow jewelry maker: at some point you might want to figure out a way to jack that marvelous hack up another 6 inches or so, so that the surface is chest height, like a real jeweler’s bench. (Or is it already? hard to tell from your pic, hmmm…. )Save yourself the neck strain from bending over staring at tiny little sparkly things for hours ;)

  5. this is badass!!! i want the same!

  6. Anonymous says:

    It’s very nice!

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