|Project by Richard B||posted 12-07-2014 11:14 PM||1180 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
Completed in 2013, this chest was built to solve a problem that we were having with moths eating holes in our favorite sweaters. It is a simple dovetailed pine box lined in cedar, and finished with BLO then several coats of shellac & one coat of wax. The chest was made from shop scrap by gluing up a bunch of rustic pine boards into panels. The interior of the case is lined with aromatic cedar. The top is a floating panel with a center groove running along each side, set into a matching groove in the inside edge of the lid. Made entirely by hand, no power tools for this project. Bevel up jack plane, rip and crosscut carcase saws, chisels, a rasp, and a plow plane were the main tools used. Overall, it came out well, looks good in our bedroom, and gets frequent use.
The two things I would like to have done differently here were: (1) the orientation of the boards for the top panel looked nice, but leads to too much wood movement on the right and left sides of the top. However, this was a project built from scraps, so I did what I could with what I had. (2) the handles look too clunky for my taste. I should have spent more time on shaping them to get a better end result.
-- Richard B, Birmingham Alabama