American girl chest

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Project by woodnut posted 01-25-2009 10:25 PM 2926 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although I have a paying job that I’m working on. My daughter asked me if I could build her something to store her doll clothes in. Her birthday is the 26 of January so I built her this. This is the first time that I have tried doing inlays, I sure have new respect for you guys that do alot of this. It took me 6 hours to do the letters in the door, still have a blester. Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome esp. on the inlay.Forgot to mention that the chest is oak and the inlay is walnut. the finish is a quick wipe on golden oak then orange shallac. I have not waxed yet but will.

-- F.Little

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#1 posted 01-25-2009 10:42 PM

Great looking chest.

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#2 posted 01-25-2009 11:40 PM

she will love it.. Her dolls would love it too if in fact they were alive… They are inanimate? Right?

Either way, your daughter is lucky to have you.

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#3 posted 01-25-2009 11:45 PM

You did a great job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 01-25-2009 11:51 PM

LOL yea the dolls are inanimate. thanks to everyone for the kind words.

-- F.Little

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#5 posted 01-26-2009 01:47 AM

Looks great wood nut. I’m sure your daughter (and her dolls) will love it. What’s the actual size? Something in the photo to show the scale would have been nice.
- JJ

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#6 posted 01-26-2009 01:47 AM

i think the inlays look great.

-- Joe, Ga

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#7 posted 01-26-2009 01:51 AM

Well done. I have had a request for something like this for a friend of the family and it looks like a fun opportunity to take on a complex piece of furniture on a smaller scale. I’m sure you will be the best dad in the world when she gets this tomorrow on her birthday.

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#8 posted 01-26-2009 02:56 AM

For dolls clothes? Yes! Nicely done…and the inlay was well done for a first try…I should talk…I haven’t done any inlay so you’re way ahead of me. This looks great.

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#9 posted 01-26-2009 04:59 AM

That came out really nice.
Good Job !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#10 posted 01-26-2009 05:03 AM

Very nice, I like the inlay…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#11 posted 01-26-2009 05:09 AM

Thanks guys for the good remarks. The dimension for the chest are 36” tall x 18” wide x 9” deep. The way I came up with the depth was to measure the hangers the clothes come on. For the height I measured the lenght of the longest dress, I knew I wanted to rods to hang clothes on, Then added the two drawers.

-- F.Little

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#12 posted 01-26-2009 05:20 AM

The Inlays Look Great What a Great Gift

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#13 posted 01-27-2009 12:23 AM

that’s awesome.
I remember my dad transforming a child’s suitcase into a storage unit with drawers etc. Yah, it was REALLY special!!
this is wonderful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#14 posted 01-27-2009 07:38 PM

Great job! Love the walnut!

Did you have a plan for this or just ‘wing’ it? The reason I ask is that my granddaughter would like to have me build her one and it is on the agenda for sometime soon. I have already made her a bunk bed with trundle for her dolls! Could you possible pm me with the dimensions at least?


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