Scrollsaw Chest Project #3: Boxing It In

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Blog entry by William posted 11-04-2010 06:15 AM 1370 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Side And Front Panels Part 3 of Scrollsaw Chest Project series Part 4: I'm Seeing The Finish Line »

I had a very productive day today.

After completing the front panels, it was time to start framing up the box. In this photo, you’re looking at the bottom of the box frame, upside down. The square pieces in the corners are pads that help support the bottom of the box. Also, they assist in squaring up the bottom framing. It is very important to make sure this is perfectly square since this is the foundation upon which everything else will start to be attached to.

As I put the side and front panels on, I added square strips in the corners. This helps everything line up square and also allows me to shoot brad nails from the inside to avoid having them showing on the outside.

And a view of the sides and front mounted.

Then I installed the bottom of the box. This is just slats glued and nailed down with brads to the frame you seen in the first photo. Also, if you look closely in this photo, you can see where the back goes that I cut dadoes in the side panels that the back fits into.

So I slid the slats in for the back and added a square strip in the corners just like I done for the front. The clamp you see there is holding the back slats straight while the glue dries that is holding them in line with each other.

Then I had to do some sanding. Actually, a LOT of sanding. Then I got tired of sanding. I will finish sanding later.

Then I added some trim around the bottom of the front and sides. I made the trim on the router out of cedar to match everything else.

I wasn’t exactly happy with the “openess” of the chest. I decided I wanted to back the scroll work up with cedar panels. So, I planed some down to a quarter inch to fit flush inside. What you see in this photo is the inside of the front panel.

One of the front panels.

One of the side panels.

Both front panels.

I’m sorry for so many photos. I can’t help it. I think it is coming along quite nicely.

Then I got the panel stiles cut and dry assembled for the top. This was done with just dowel center points without the doweling jig I mentioned in a previous post. It turned out better without the jig. I took it back to Home Depot and demanded my money back. It wasn’t worth $29.99 when I can build a panel better without it.
There’s still a lot to do, but it’s coming along!


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#1 posted 11-04-2010 08:33 AM

Nice. I love the idea of putting scroll work into a frame like that. It looks good and no doubt would give it strength to.

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 01:41 PM

Coming along well William. I agree with the openness you mentioned. I would of been worried something down the line will be tossed into the chest breaking them or something like that. Much safer this way. Looking good….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 02:55 PM

Great job! Me being scroll saw illiterate, how many man hours did it take to cut all the holes?

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 04:58 PM


You can’t have too many photos!

I like how this project is progressing. Thanks for blogging about it.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 07:58 PM

I am glad you added a back panel to the scroll work. It will give reinforcement to all the hard work you did. I don’t know how many times I have accidently kicked, run into, dropped things on, and sent a cat crashing into my chests. By the way what I meant by sent a cat crashing, is when a cat runs playfully through the house like his tail is on fire and runs smack into things and not being thrown against furniture.

Looking forward in how you finish your chest.

NOTE: No animals were harmed in the making of this comment.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#6 posted 11-05-2010 04:38 AM

SawDustJunky. If you’re talking bout just the scroll work, there is about eight hours total of scroll work in it right now. Four hours for the front and side panels, stack cut all four at once. Then four hours for the top two panels, which were both stack cut at the same time.


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#7 posted 11-05-2010 01:47 PM

And it shows William… Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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