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Quarter Size Cherry Quilt Chests #7: Reflections, Fitting & Finishing

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Blog entry by David posted 06-28-2007 09:02 PM 1635 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Installing a Makers-Mark Part 7 of Quarter Size Cherry Quilt Chests series Part 8: Almost Done! »

Well, I have to admit to being a bit melancholy the last few days. I found great solstice getting out to my shop to begin the fitting and finish on my cherry chests. I am amazed at how much work goes into something so small. I always imagine things going quicker, faster and smoother in my mind.

It was nice to work in the quite of my shop without having to wear hearing protection to block out the harsh whine of machinery. As I worked on fitting the Baltic Birch plywood bottom on my chests, I reflected on all the great folks I have met on LumberJocks.

I thought a lot about Frank's writings and how wood connects all of us. I also thought about the many woodworkers that have offered kind support and the frequent bits of advice. I half expected Karson to tap me on the shoulder to inspect my cabinet scraper or Wayne to magically reach over to adjust my block plane and confirm a sharp edge.

What a wonderful experience we all share having such immediate access to a large body of talent and expertise from the professional to the novice. Where else can you have a conversation with someone like Todd Clippinger or Mark DeCou and not feel intimidated? Where else can you have the likes of Dick and Don pass on a kind word about a recent project posting. And where else can you get into cyber trouble with a Canadian troublemaker like Tom! Where else can you smile at the “travels” of our own LumberJock First Lady, Ms Debbie, as she searches for that elusive bit of willow. Where else do you get the opportunity to make a friend and share your woodworking by making an inkle loom? I did not even know what an inkle loom was until I started talking with Diane.

Well there are a lot more folks that I have spoken with and enjoyed viewing their projects, blog entries or comments. I can only say I am so honored to be a part of this community!

I am getting up against my own time constraints as I promised these chests for delivery next week to the Clearwater Gallery for the Annual Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon. Knowing that we have to leave in a few days and that I have a couple of shifts at work, I did as much as I could before packing everything up to be completed in Sisters.

Glue and clamp-up.

Fitting the Baltic Birch chest bottoms. I used a set of measuring and fitting gauges instead of a measuring tape

The Baltic Birch plywood bottom is secured with Kreg Pocket Screws – these will be concealed by the aromatic cedar planking.

I used a set of aluminum angles and clamps to hold the Baltic Birch plywood bottoms in position while driving the pocket screws.

Scraping the chest rails & stiles.

Cherry frame parts for the chest lids and aromatic cedar cut for the bottom lining.

Raw cherry quilt chest waiting to be packed up for completion in Sisters, Oregon.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com



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Bob Babcock

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#1 posted 06-28-2007 09:32 PM

Very well said David…I think this has become a special place for so many of us. At the core of most of my friendships is the sharing of a passion. I too find myself thinking….what would Karson, Wayne, Mot, Debbie, Don, Dick, David, Frank…..and on and on…..do? I want to make my work better so I can show it off to my friends. It really is amazing what LJ has helped bring into my our lives.

Beautiful chest….your work always looks so perfectly precise and clean. Someday I’ll get there.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Diane

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#2 posted 06-28-2007 11:45 PM

:-), I’m glad I have met all of you, I love it here too. David, I hope you are feeling more uplifted now that you have written this and talked to all of us.

I’ll probably start using my loom again after it isn’t so nice outside, I have been painting outside lately, painting what I see instead of painting by photo. I made a lot of changes lately including joining a church so I’ve been very busy with church activities.

I have told many about this group.

Diane

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David

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#3 posted 06-28-2007 11:49 PM

Bob -

Well you made me smile as I realized I did not mention the Great SketchUp Guru! I love your tutorials and wish you were sitting at my desk when I try to work with SketchUp. This is a skill I really want to master as it will help me plan and visualize a project in a more complete manner.

Thanks for the kind comments! I agree with your comment about this community and the shared passion. I am always very humbled by the depth and breadth of the talent and expertise. I do admit getting a little internal “wow” when one of your guys posts a comment on a project. Very satisfying if you know what I mean!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#4 posted 06-29-2007 12:50 AM

David,

Thanks for your post. I’m starting my first project with a deadline, and I was thinking about putting it into a blog. After reading your post it help relive some of nervousness I felt about the project and posting a blog sense I am new to Lumberjocks, and a novice woodworker. But after reading your post I believe it is truly an honor to be a part of this community of woodworkers.

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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David

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#5 posted 06-29-2007 01:10 AM

Aubster -

Just do it, as they say. You will find posting a blog is a great stress reliever. I always find it gratifying when one of these guys gives me a thumbs up on a project or blog. This is a great community! Welcome Aboard!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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David

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#6 posted 06-29-2007 07:24 AM

Diane -

I am feeling more uploifted. Funny thing is before connections that I have made on LJ, I would likely not have
“beared my soul”. Everyone here has made me feel very comfortable sharing both projects and thoughts!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Don

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#7 posted 06-29-2007 11:12 AM

David, great words from you, Mate, but you forgot one very important contributor whom I’ve grown to appreciate and respect – David.

Your positive comments to all and sundry are a great encouragement. And the top quality of your projects and blogs with great videos to boot – well what more can I say than a genuinely heart-felt “thank you”!

PS: Great view out the front of your home.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#8 posted 06-29-2007 12:32 PM

ditto .. to all of the above.

oh.. and thanks to Martin for making all of this possible. It is because of the setup and the “user friendliness” that we can so easily connect, support, advise, learn, grow, laugh, cry, worry, celebrate … etc.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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David

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#9 posted 06-29-2007 05:06 PM

Ms Debbie & Don – Thanks!

Don – I just got the ultimate LJ nod – many thanks!

Ms Debbie, I agree 110% with your comment and thanks to Martin. What an incredible format he has assemble to facilitate this wonderful and giving community.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#10 posted 06-29-2007 07:18 PM

Hey David:

I have trouble keeping up with all your stuff!!! I didn’t realize you were showing us the Quilt Cabinet…COOL!! I need to utilize my Buddy page properly.

By the way I like the view that you to clamp too….....what are you overlooking there?????

And stop showing off the sharpness of your cabinet scrape…......you make me feel bad about how mine is neglect so!!!!

I see its Sisters Oregon, not School Oregon.

Love your posts…....Neil

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David

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#11 posted 06-29-2007 07:25 PM

Neil -

Thanks! The view out our front door is off Skyline Boulevard in the Northwest Hills of Portland. Lots of wind!

I just realized I didn’t mention one of my best buddies – the guy that sent me down the veneering path!

I had to sharpen that scraper several times while I worked those legs!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Bob Babcock

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#12 posted 07-03-2007 05:10 PM

David,

You must live very close to my brother. He is on NW Germantown overlooking Beaverton. Is your neighborhood on Skyline? It looks familiar. I believe my brother used to live there.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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David

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#13 posted 07-03-2007 05:16 PM

Bob -

Good eyes! Yes, we are on Skyline – close to Syline Memorial Gardens.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#14 posted 07-06-2007 06:04 AM

What a beautiful part of this country you live in. I’ve always said if I was to move out of New England it would be to the northwest. It’s like New England on steroids.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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David

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#15 posted 07-06-2007 08:13 AM

Bob -

Funny you say that as I have a great appreciation for New England – I used to live in Scituate, MA. My Dad was the CO of the USCG High Endurance Cutter “USCG BIBB” based out of USCG Sation Boston. I love New England and the changing seasons. I especially miss the fall colors and trips up to the White Mountias in New Hampshire.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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