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Project by trooper posted 06-26-2009 07:48 PM 1167 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this for my wife, didn’t really know what I was doing but worked through all the little problems and I think it came out looking really nice. The wood is steamed walnut and new york red leaf soft maple. I did all the mill work myself including the raised panels which I did on a router table that I built myself. The smooth and flat top is the product of my first experience with a hand plane and I have to say I was very surprised at how easy and forgiving the tool was. I am fond of the red leaf soft maple piece in the top. Red leaf is a beautiful wood and easy to work too. I did not work from plans as I wanted to design this myself. I welcome any comments you have.





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#1 posted 06-26-2009 07:52 PM

Very nice. Did you glue-up the top and then use the handplane to smooth the surface?

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Jeff

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#2 posted 06-26-2009 07:53 PM

That is very nice looking. Very simple, but the details are nicely done. What plane did you use for the top?

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#3 posted 06-26-2009 08:09 PM

Great chest. Love that walnut!

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

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#4 posted 06-26-2009 09:14 PM

“didn’t really know what I was doing but worked through all the little problems”

I love that line…woodworking at its best when you solve problems as you go along. For some reason I dwell on the problem solving aspect and when I “know how to do it” I usually lose interest. I did my first hand cut dovetails and after I got the results I wanted, I never used them again.
Great looking chest!!!

-- jstegall

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#5 posted 06-26-2009 09:49 PM

This is a great looking chest and I love the wood combination. Maple and walnut compliment one another well. The raised panels definately add visual interest to this piece.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 06-26-2009 10:03 PM

BEAUTIFUL !!! How about a few more pix including a close-up of the top : )

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trooper

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#7 posted 06-26-2009 10:31 PM

Thank you for the nice compliments. Yes I did glue the top up with biscuits for a little strength. Originally I used the piece of maple and glued the two short end pieces on and had the idea that I would plane this smooth and that would only leave the two long walnut pieces to glue up and plane to the same thickness as the rest but my old Belsaw planer just kept tearing our the curly grain so I opted for the hand plane. The hand plane is just a 30 or 40 dollar plane I got from Home Depot, Buck maybe? but I am still shocked at how well it works especially on the curly grain. I will see if I have some better pics of the top and post them shortly.

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trooper

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#8 posted 06-26-2009 10:37 PM

I have posted the bets pic of the top I could get. It is difficult to capture the grain in a picture. I also finished this with a paste wax only if anyone was wondering.

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#9 posted 06-26-2009 11:11 PM

thank you for the extra top pic…that Walnut is so rich looking for only having a coat of wax on it.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 06-26-2009 11:46 PM

This is very nice. What does steaming the walnut do?

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#11 posted 06-26-2009 11:57 PM

I am not sure of the exact process but it is SUPPOSED to blend the color of the sap and the heartwood together. When steamed an inspector cannot differentiate between heartwood and sapwood even if the steaming process did not take well. Sometimes it works well, other times it leaves large blotchy marks in the sap. I think that before being dried the lumber is soaked in a mixture of very hot water and pulp from the tree which will cause the color to be absorbed by the sap. I, myself, don’t understand why so many people find the sap in walnut and cherry to be unattractive other than it tends to stain but that can be remedied by proper manufacture of the boards.

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Dusty56

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#12 posted 06-27-2009 02:22 AM

My Dentist had all of his office furniture made from Cherry with the sapwood included….it was unique and beautiful in my eyes ! He also had nicely figured Maple mouldings , chair rails , and doors . I really enjoyed my visits there : )
I enjoy using the Sapwood in my projects as well .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 06-27-2009 04:39 AM

Super chest

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#14 posted 06-27-2009 04:43 AM

A fantastic looking chest. Great job, your wife should be very happy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#15 posted 06-27-2009 04:45 AM

GReat Lookin Chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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