New Yankee Blanket Chest #7: Got Leg?

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Blog entry by HungryTermite posted 01-14-2011 07:14 AM 2183 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve learned a lot during this build. For some reason, I decided that it would be easier to form the feet after I had glued all 4 sides together. I don’t know why I thought that but it turns out not to be true and in hindsight I realize that if I had done something to screw up a foot it would have been a pain to fix the problem.

Here is one side of the foot formed

And now the other

I also put in the supports for the bottom

and installed some 1/2” ply for the bottom

Another idea I had was that it wouldnt matter if my joints looked good on the ends and it didnt matter if the wood wasn’t smooth, I would just fix it later. Well, that turned out to be more difficult than I was expecting as I am not that good with my low angle block plane yet. Also, since it was the 1st time I tried a tongue and groove the joints look bad when exposed on the ends, as they are when the top is open. I also still had to make the mortise for the piano hinge. So I called an audible and added some edging that I ripped on the tablesaw and then planed to the thickness of my hinge. The corners are mitered. I am pretty happy with how it came out:

Here is a mitered corner

And here you can see the mortise for the hinge

Up next is making the top and then installing some cedar planks…

-- Good Judgement Comes From Experience. Experience Comes From Bad Judgement.

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 10:03 AM

Looks good, Keep up the good work :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 03:37 PM

I’m enjoying the project so far. I had to laugh at the edging, because I just screwed up some drawers and am adding some “decorative edging” to cover up my mistake.

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 02:51 AM

Nice! I can almost hear the NYW theme. Don’t you just love “design opportunities”?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 03:57 AM

Oooh… I like that phrase “Design Opportunities”. I have those opportunities a lot.

-- Good Judgement Comes From Experience. Experience Comes From Bad Judgement.

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