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Another Spice Chest Build

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Blog series by JustJoe updated 11-26-2012 01:19 AM 3 parts 3127 reads 4 comments total

Part 1: Past Mistakes

10-29-2012 10:55 AM by JustJoe | 2 comments »

I’m going to make another spice chest. I don’t really like to duplicate projects – there are already too many things I want to make and not enough time to make them all – but this one has been nagging me for the last 6 years (since I built the new workshop) so it’s time to revisit it. Many years ago I made a fancy spice chest for my mom. Instead of the traditional walnut I used cherry because that’s the only wood I could find at the time. I was very new ...

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Part 2: First Week's Progress - The easy stuff is done.

11-02-2012 02:08 PM by JustJoe | 0 comments »

Going from the still incomplete planning stage into the building stage, here’s the first week’s progress. I shaped a 40” board with router/planes,scrapers before scroll-cutting and gluing the 6 pieces for the feet. Then I made the box part of the carcass. I was able to use the old chest to lay out the spacing for the dadoes for the dividers. That box (four sides and the bar across the front top) is the only thing glued together in the pic – everything else is just s...

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Part 3: Got The Drawers Done - Except for One.

11-26-2012 01:19 AM by JustJoe | 2 comments »

I had to take a week off because I was sick, then I had company for the weekend, but Monday I went out and bought some 8/4 hard maple and resawed it for drawer sides. The Leigh jig does half-blind but only with a 1/2” bit – so the pins looked too fat. And I tried a PC with mini-template but that was another disappointment. So I ended up with a combination of router/hand joinery. I wanted to reclaim some of the original cherry chest that got cooked, so I resawed the sides to ...

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