My "Second Project"

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Project by Phil Brown posted 04-20-2007 04:58 PM 1522 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chest was my first commision in 1988 after I showed my fellow workers my “first project”, the little keepsake urn I’d fashioned from scrap wood from our warehouse.

It taught me about glue squeeze-out and construction techniques as I only had a few woodworking magazines in my small library. The aromatic cedar plywood worked really well and smelled great. I had a hard time finding the product. The segments are individual pieces fastened from the inside to allow for expansion.

I think that I used a pre-stain conditioner under a light stain and spray lacquer. It was my first try at veneering, covering the transition between the top edges of the cedar and panels. I’m pulling these photos out of a 20 year old album and bringing up lots of memories. I was very pleased with the symmetry of the sunburst and the general look and proportions of the piece.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#1 posted 04-20-2007 07:58 PM

and pleased you should be!!!
This is wonderful. Bravo.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-22-2007 04:21 AM

I really like that sunburst design! Looks good.

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#3 posted 04-22-2007 04:56 AM

Saw that design on the back of a wooden boat.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#4 posted 04-22-2007 05:29 AM

Dennis, I just remembered something. I only had a radial saw at the time and had just bought a router to round over the segments.

I cut those segments with the radial saw, flipping them over when I ran out of travel. I cant believe looking back 19 years how they came out straight. That was freehand, lining up the pencil lines to the saw. I must have had to do some sanding to get them to fit, just cant remember all the details.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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