|Project by Rev. Jim Paulson||posted 06-08-2009 08:15 PM||4420 views||6 times favorited||19 comments|
This is the carved chest I made to hold my chair making tools. My classmates at the Windsor Institute have seen this several times, but I especially enjoyed doing the chip carving on the top.
Here is some information about the chest. The case and the three trays are made of pine and the construction features hand cut dovetails. The top is basswood. I used a design by Chris Gochnour who published his tool chest in Fine Woodworking Magazine #169. I modifed the design to give it a more 18th Century look so I used milk paint, incorporated strap hinges and a case lock, made the top a solid panel and then added rope handles. I was also guided in that effort by a 18th Century tool chest that Adam Cherubini made which was a much larger. I developed the chip carving design and completed the carving. It reflects my continued interest in enhancing furniture with chip carving designs. Wayne Barton, a world renowned chip carver has greatly influenced me in terms of the design elements that I gravitate toward.
I finished this chest by applying first black milk paint then soldier blue. It is hard to see in the photos, but the underlying black paint gives neat highlights. This effect was enhanced when I applied a mixture of linseed oil and paraffin wax to protect the paint.
This project was also recently posted at “http://finewoodworking.taunton.com/item/3325/carved-chairmakers-tool-chest-by-rev-jim-paulson”.