Stickley High Chest #1: Dry fit

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Blog entry by Greg posted 01-17-2011 10:28 PM 1652 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first furniture grade woodworking project that I have done in about 10 years. The chest is dry fit together in my basement. I brought all the pieces in from my cold, northern ohio, un-insulated barn. I created my own plans based off of pictures in another post on LJ and from a picture of a similar chest on the L&JG Stickley website. It is made from Walnut that my father-in-law gave me. He figured that it had been drying in his barn for longer than I’ve been alive. Lots of knots, cracks, and checking to work around. However, the price was right. I did leave a couple of loose knots in the side panels for added character and because they were otherwise too nice of pieces to cut up. I saved the best lumber for the drawer fronts.

Total investment so far is $42.

I’m also still looking for hardware. The pulls I like are $20 each. I’m too cheap to spend that much.

-- Greg - For the benefit and enjoyment of the people

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 11:06 PM

Good progress. Looking good.

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 11:20 PM

This is my kind of project! The walnut is already making this piece beautiful and the proportions are perfect. I’m looking forward to following the progress.

In your blogs, please give us more details. For example, the thickness of your side panels, mortise and tenon joints on the rails and stiles? Did you dado your panels to the sides? Those details would help me with future decisions on my projects.

Thanks for posting!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 01:41 PM

looks good..your off to a great start

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 03:10 PM

Looks great so far. Keep up the good work. Can’t wait to see the final piece.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 12:20 AM

The thickness of the side panels is 1/2”. I have 3/4” rails that allow a 1/8” reveal. The “legs” of the chest are 1-1/2” square. The rails are tenoned to fit into mortises in the legs. The 1/2” side panels sits into a dado on the legs (1/4” from the edge). The tenons are 1/2” so that my mortise and dado could have the same dimension. The 3/4” dust frames fit into a stopped dado in the legs and are free to move independent from the 1/2” side panels. I will take some pictures to support these details when I pull the chest apart for glue-up. I made the tenons using my table saw and a tenoning jig that I made. The dados for the side panels are cut with a dado blade. Rather than a stopped dado at the bottom of the legs, I continued completely down the leg and then glued in a filler piece to fill the exposed dado. I did this because it was quicker and easier for the skills I have and because I prefer to use a table saw over a router to make long dados. Additionaly, the filler pieces are on the inside of the legs at the bottom of the chest…you don’t even notice they are there. The stopped dados in the legs that the dust frames fit into were made with a router and a jig that I made. I’ll include a picture and detail on that jig later. It made short work of the 24 stopped dados I had to make and the results were very consistent.

-- Greg - For the benefit and enjoyment of the people

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#6 posted 02-16-2011 04:15 AM

Looks good!

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#7 posted 02-16-2011 04:27 AM

You’re doing a super job on it!

Looks really very nice!

Will be nice to see it later…

$20 per one Pull?! I cannot imagine what the $%&* they’d look like to warrant that cost.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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