American girl chest

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Project by woodnut posted 2009 days ago 2381 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 2009 days ago

Great looking chest.

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#2 posted 2009 days ago

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 2009 days ago

You did a great job!

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

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#4 posted 2009 days ago

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

-- F.Little

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#5 posted 2009 days ago

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 2009 days ago

i think the inlays look great.

-- Joe, Ga

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#7 posted 2009 days ago

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 2009 days ago

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.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#9 posted 2009 days ago

That came out really nice.
Good Job !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#10 posted 2009 days ago

Very nice, I like the inlay…

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

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#11 posted 2009 days ago

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 2009 days ago

The Inlays Look Great What a Great Gift

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#13 posted 2008 days ago

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 2007 days ago

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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