Quarter Size Cherry Quilt Chests #8: Almost Done!

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Blog entry by David posted 07-01-2007 07:17 AM 1853 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Reflections, Fitting & Finishing Part 8 of Quarter Size Cherry Quilt Chests series Part 9: Clearwater Gallery VIDEO Tour »

It has been a busy few days here in Sisters, Oregon. The weather has been wonderful – warm and dry with temperatures in the 70-80’s. Since we arrived, I have finished the tops for my two cherry quilt chests. I just completed installing the hardware. Tomorrow morning we will deliver them to the Clearwater Gallery. Delivery day will be my last posting on this series, except of course, hopefully, an update when they sell!

Getting ready to install the hardware.

I like to install everything with steel screws which get replaced with brass screws on final assembly. This helps prevent striped or broken screws. Brass breaks real easy!

Using an Insty Bit set from Rockler to get good alignment of hardware screws. I use masking tape to help hold the brass piano hinge in place while loating the screw holes.

Using 3M Command Adhesive Tape to hold the lid in place on the brass piano hinge in preparation of locating the lid hinge screws.

Making use of a couple of cardboard shims to elevate the hinge leaves allowing firm contact with the lid and the 3M Command Adhesive Tape.

A trim gauge helps to even out the lid overhang reveal.

Using a couple of scrap pieces of cherry to align the back of the lid with the back of the case. After a final check for even overhang with the trim gauge, the protective backing on the tape is removed and the lid will be firmly attached to the hinge.

After lifting the lid and drilling the screw holes. Steel screws are inserted and removed. The tape is then removed prior to final insertion of brass screws. Hand modeling by Beth!

One down, one to go and two to deliver!

I am planning on shooting some video tomorrow when Beth & I deliver the chests. The gallery has some beautiful turnings on display from a local wood turner. I will shoot some photos of his work for you guys!


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#1 posted 07-01-2007 08:52 AM

Very crisp work, David. Thanks.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 07-01-2007 09:00 AM

My, my, what wonderful work you do…

Now that these will be delivered and out of the shop, what’s coming up next?

p.s. – the top photo is so crisp that it looks as though you have inserted a photo of your chest into a Ford product shot!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 07-01-2007 02:18 PM

Using Command tape for hinge alignment—I never would have thought. Great idea! I’ll file that away for future use. Also, tapping the screw holes with steel screws. The pegged mortise-and-tenons are a really nice touch.

I’ve always loved cherry. It’s sort of an ongoing adventure to see how the color changes as it ages.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#4 posted 07-01-2007 03:54 PM

Thanks guys!

Dorje – I like the Ford comment!

Robert – Had to figure away to hold things together and be semi-permanent. Always interesting working alone with only two hands wishing you had more!


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#5 posted 07-01-2007 04:02 PM

Great project David. Between the pictures from your house in Portland and the ones in Sisters, I’m starting to feel homesick for Oregon. May have to look for a transfer at work to Vancover. LOL.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 07-01-2007 04:09 PM

Good Morning Wayne!

LOL Made me smile to read your comment. I am having my morning cup of coffee and watching the sun come up and start to heat up the pine forest here in Sisters. Looking forward to dropping off these chests today and start thinking of something to do next . . .


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#7 posted 07-01-2007 09:08 PM

David, beautiful quilt chest. Thanks for the tips on hinge alignment. Great suggestions.

I laughed when I saw the car – it’s like, here are the steps to do a wood project… Step one…back car out of garage!

-- John

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#8 posted 07-01-2007 09:18 PM

John -

LOL! It is the same for me here in Sisters and in Portland. Step one, back out the car. Step two, set-up equipment. Step three, take a breath and keep the momentum going. I would love to have the space set-up all the time. Oh well, someday. I realize I have nothing to complain about because, bottom line, I get to cut wood and build!

Thanks for the kind comments!


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#9 posted 07-02-2007 12:35 AM


Just one comment. I’d have liked that the inside of the lid also have bookmatched veneer instead of backer veneer. Since it’s open and you see it almost as much as the chest.

Great job. I do like them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#10 posted 07-02-2007 01:25 AM

Thanks guys!

Karson – I agree about the backer. Much to learn. The lids actually look better than the photos. My next set is going to be veneered with rift sawn cherry on the outside and a lighter wood (?maple) on the inside. I saw some case work with light wood veneer on the inside and I like how it lightens the inside of the case.


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#11 posted 07-02-2007 05:24 AM

You build like a pro David. Your work is really sharp.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 07-02-2007 06:02 AM

Meticulous as ever David. Beautiful…. I do the same with steel screws before using brass. Something my Dad showed me many years ago.

-- Bob

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#13 posted 07-02-2007 06:14 AM

Wonderful work, David. Excellent idea with the hinges. After breaking off a couple of brass screws on that crib project, I wish I’d have read this blog 4 years ago! Pretty nice manicure as well.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#14 posted 07-02-2007 06:19 AM


Beautiful (as always) chest and great tip about the hinge but…..

What do I see there…Millimeters?...Metric? (sorry for the “dirty” words, I hope that I will not be banned) :)


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#15 posted 07-02-2007 06:16 PM

I hate seeing these backwards, but it is better than not seeing them at all. Beautiful work and photograph and thanks for mentioning, Beth in that hand shot. I was wondering why you had nail polish on. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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