my first real project

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Project by stratiA posted 04-03-2009 07:01 AM 1366 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

well I’ve been a member of this community for about a month now. Its about time I display some work. Problem is I give most of it away as presents. This is my first real project done about 2 years ago. I searched online for a blanket chest that I would buy. This is pretty close. I built it without plans and about half the tools I have now. It was definitely a confidence booster and I learned what to do and not do. Its not without its flaws, but I am happy the way it came out. Its simple frame and panel design. Its red oak, with 1/4” oak ply. The top is glued up pine to reduce cost. I edge banded the top and 3 inches all around to give the illusion that the top is oak. Its hidden by the cushion. I lined the inside with cedar. To give the panels some appeal I glued some appliques. I used pocket screws, biscuits, brads and glue. I stained with generals candlelight oil stain and finished with arm r seal (love that stuff) semi gloss. I wish the new rockler torsion hinges were available then. Hope you like it.

-- Strati Alepidis, Burlington, Ma, Member Red Sox nation

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#1 posted 04-03-2009 12:08 PM

Mate, you are doing well.. better than I did when I first started.. my wife would not let me bring my first project into the house.. I kept it in the shed for many years as an inspiration in what not to do LOL
Keep it up. and a enjoy the journey.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 04-03-2009 02:39 PM

Very nice looking chest. Well crafted.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 04-03-2009 03:44 PM

Very nice!

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

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