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Foot Locker - Weathered Gray Finish

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Project by cracknpop posted 05-31-2015 03:18 AM 1393 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this foot locker for my nephew as a graduation present. He is entering the Navy later this year so I chose a weathered gray finish. I think the black corner pieces and handles add a nice finishing touch, yet keep it masculine. The overall design is modeled after an antique sea chest my best friend uses as a coffee table. I added a sliding till modeled after one I had seen in an old tool chest. A half mortise lock will allow him to secure it while he is off serving our country.
Construction is all birch. I am pleased with my first attempt at dovetails (used Peachtree dovetail jig). After assembly and sanding I wiped on a 1# cut de-waxed shellac as a pre-stain conditioner, then hand sanded before applying Weathered Gray Rustoleum Ultimate Wood Stain. Very pleased with how much of the wood and grain show through the stain. Top coated with lacquer. Overall dimensions are roughly 16” tall, 19 ½” wide, and 37 ½” long. The till is also made of birch, 3” x 15 3/8” x 16 3/8” and simply finished with lacquer. Hardware came from hardwaretree.com except the bottom corner straps which I had made at a local welding shop.
I do have a Navy emblem that I was undecided on affixing it to the inside of the lid or on the front below the keyhole. I will let my nephew decide where he would like it placed.
Feel free to share your thoughts… while I am quite pleased with the end result, I know I still have a lot to learn.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.





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Beams37

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#1 posted 05-31-2015 04:01 PM

Very nice looking chest. Would love to build something like one day.

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#2 posted 05-31-2015 07:31 PM

That’s a fine piece of work. Your nephew is a lucky man.

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jeffswildwood

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#3 posted 05-31-2015 11:55 PM

I really like this one. Nice style and looks very strong. Great job, should last for generations!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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cracknpop

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#4 posted 06-01-2015 11:52 AM

Thanks for your compliments. He really likes it, which was the main objective.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#5 posted 06-02-2015 06:38 PM

Looks great! Did you use a specific set of plans or come up with the design yourself?

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cracknpop

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#6 posted 06-02-2015 10:58 PM



Looks great! Did you use a specific set of plans or come up with the design yourself?

- apagan4182


Thanks for your compliment. I sketched out a simple plan myself based on looking at a friends antique sea chest and an old tool chest with a till.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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