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Project by CarterR posted 12-15-2014 06:51 PM 1468 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my sister, who is and artist and has given me many paintings as gifts over the years. Although I am going to have a hard time giving this away it is well deserved.

The chest dimensions are 27” tall X 35” long X 18 wide. The entire case is made of 3/4” cherry. The only other wood used is pine for the panel in the frame and panel bottom.

The finish is three coats of Watco Tung Oil.

All 64 dovetails were hand cut. After doing all of those dovetails a Leigh Jig starts to sound pretty awesome.

I only took one photo during the construction process. One main feature I wanted (besides the dovetails) was continuous grain flow.

I used two boards to make the panel, and marked each side to keep continuous grain flow

-- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClTGAcJaoXizfbp04xpaokQ





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siavosh

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#1 posted 12-15-2014 07:40 PM

Beautiful piece! What’s your experience with Danish Oil, cherry, and blotching?

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CarterR

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#2 posted 12-15-2014 08:28 PM

I don’t have much experience with this, and I have not used Danish Oil on cherry before. The Tung Oil I used did bloch in some spots. Overtime the cherry will darken and I have heard that the blotch may start to go away, but only time will tell. I will follow up in a couple years.

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#3 posted 12-15-2014 08:32 PM

Wow! you have a lot of patience to keep your concentration going through all those dovetails, Wow! on the attention to fine detail.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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siavosh

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#4 posted 12-15-2014 08:34 PM

Thanks CarterR—I mis-spoke, meant to say Tung Oil not Danish. Thanks!


I don t have much experience with this, and I have not used Danish Oil on cherry before. The Tung Oil I used did bloch in some spots. Overtime the cherry will darken and I have heard that the blotch may start to go away, but only time will tell. I will follow up in a couple years.

- CarterR


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Sawdust2012

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#5 posted 12-16-2014 12:46 AM

I made one with exactly the same number of dovetails last year about this time. Those things will make you crazy. I have to say, yours look a lot tighter than mine!

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#6 posted 12-16-2014 02:09 AM

That is awesome!! Great work! How long did it take to cut all of those dovetails!!!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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#7 posted 12-16-2014 11:34 AM

I luv simple design..I also love a well done piece. This is both. beautiful

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#8 posted 12-16-2014 05:29 PM

That is some incredible work… so many hand-cut dovetails. I like the shape of the feet.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#9 posted 12-17-2014 06:11 AM

Your sister is surely going to love that piece you made for her! Looks big enough for her to be moving a few art pieces into the box for safe keeping too! It’s a job well done mate!

-- Marcio Wilges @ http://www.platinumremovals.com.au/

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#10 posted 12-17-2014 09:51 AM

The chest is magnificant. Dovetails are incredible. One more ’’must do’’ project for my wife.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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