Blondie told me she wanted a Bridal Chest for the end of our bed. We all know when the Boss say’s they want something we get on it. Knee Surgery got in the way a bit, so the wood was in the shop dying to cut. Really it was …. Smile.
These plans were written and published By fellow LumberJock Robert (Bob) Lang. I purchased his book on how to use Google Sketchup for woodworkers and I must say it is amazing. I’ll be doing a review on that later. I love Greene and Greene and the Arts and Crafts Style. This had a little of both and Blondie gave her stamp of approval.
I was lucky enough to get a new 8 inch 3 HP jointer this yr. from Santa. How fun that was, jointing all the edges and one side of the faces of all that the lumber. Worked like a dream….
Next step was cutting all the pieces to rough length and running the 6/4 lumber through the planner to get all the pieces to 1 1/4” thickness. Then I ran all the pieces through the table saw to the correct width & labeled them with chalk. I made a temporary fence to ensure all multiple pieces were cut exactly the same on my 12 inch sliding miter saw.
Next was laying out the pieces for the chest and picking they’re faces. It is very important to label the faces as the Mortises and dado are off center to allow the corbels to be put on later. I moved the rails over to my Delta Drill Press with a Mortise attachment on her and started cutting the many 3/8” mortises. I then spent the next cpl hours cleaning up the inside of the mortises.
Next off to the table saw to cut all the 3/8 dados for the panels to be inserted in. Some cuts were a plunge cuts on the table saw which we all know can be a little hairy.
Next step is cutting all the tennons and cleaning the cheeks up with my new Block plane. Then I can start making the panels and get ready to start the veneering. Ohh, I Need to buy the Veneer on line so I need to shop a bit.
Did buy a New Stanley Sweet Heart Block Plane at Rockler with my 20% off cupon… That’s always fun
Thx for looking and as always all comments are welcome.
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"