Quarter Size Cherry Quilt Chests #1: Starting with 4/4 cherry

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Blog entry by David posted 03-11-2007 09:24 AM 1898 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thought I would share a bit of my day. My wife and kids are out of town for a short retreat and I had two days off work. Great combination for a woodworker! As I mentioned before, I have a very small garage based shop. I share the space with my family and have to set it up for each project. No complaints as I am always happy to be working with my hands!

I am very grateful to all the members of Lumberjocks – what a great community! I learn so much from all of you. It is hard to keep up responding to the prolific writing and projects but I try my best with my work schedule. This series will progress slowly but I will keep it up to date as I progress.

Since I always like seeing photos of other shops ( or should I say drooling over photos of other shops . . . ) I thought I would share these. I know it isn’t fancy or sophisticated but it gets the job done for me.

I started of the day milling up a small amount of steamed cherry for my next project – a pair of “quarter sized” blanket chests. I call them quarter size chests becuase they are approximately 1/4 the size of a large sea captains chest where their design inspiration is drawn from. I also plan on inlaying a 2006 Oregon State quarter in the bottom back rail to identify this series of chests - similar to my last chest. These chests will be for sale at Clearwater Gallery this summer during the annual quilt show in Sisters, Oregon. I am pretty excited to have the chance to have some work on display at my favorite gallery!

I was down to the last three boards when the drive belt in my planner broke. Of course these are not available on the weekend . . . made a “note to self” to purchase two so I will always have a back-up belt. I spent the rest of the afternoon making a small jig for ripping thin stock that I plan on using for edge banding cherry plywood for the chest tops. All in all a fun day in the shop.


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#1 posted 03-11-2007 11:48 AM

Thanks, David. I loved your last chest, and am looking forward to following along in this serices. You do such nice work.

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

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#2 posted 03-11-2007 02:18 PM

this blog is going to be interesting to follow!!
Keep them coming.
(good thing that I like reading 3 books at a time).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 03-11-2007 03:49 PM

Nice looking jig. You have some nice tools, great looking cabinets and a wll organized shop there and I like the way you rebounded from the broken planer belt.

Congradulations on having the ability to show your work at you favorite gallery. I hope you’re able to make enough to cover the sales.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 03-11-2007 05:02 PM

Good tour of the shop. I’d buy two belts and forget where i put the spare.

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#5 posted 03-11-2007 07:30 PM

Dennis – you are absoultely correct! Can not tell you how many times I purchased an extra and now can’t find it. Sort of like socks in the laundry . . .


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 03-11-2007 07:47 PM

A nice neat looking shop, I’m still looking for my work benches they’re both still buried, & I’m looking forward to the rest of this series.
I like your use of the plastic storage bins, it keeps things clean & neat.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 03-11-2007 07:54 PM

Dick – Thanks. My next project will be to build an actual bench to work on. Currently I have set up a make shift bench – but as mentioned no complaints – I am fortunate to have the space. This is my one big “vice” (no pun intended!) in life and it is a huge stress reliever. Wish I could be in a position to do this everyday . . .


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#8 posted 03-11-2007 11:57 PM

A great looking shop. And I like the picture trail of your new project. I am looking forward to seeing the final results.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 03-12-2007 12:15 AM

Very nice series of photo, giving the work flow.

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

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