|Project by kewald||posted 08-02-2009 08:15 PM||2519 views||8 times favorited||18 comments|
This cedar chest started out as a hope chest. In the meantime, my grandaughter got married, so hope turned to cedar!
The contrasting woods as well as the contrast between the heartwood and sapwood of the Hickory give this chest sort of a Yin Yang feel. Note how the Hickory Grain on the underside of the lid resembles a landscape with a lake in the center and the sky at top.
The frame and tray sides are Walnut and the panels are Hickory. Tray and chest bottoms are plywood. Interior of the chest is lined with unfinished aromatic cedar. The bottom liner is tacked in place with short 23ga. pins. The bottom holds the base of the side liner in place while the top is held by a rabbet in the tray ledgers.
Joinery of the carcase frame is hand cut mortise and tenon. The leg stiles are beveled and splined with a decorative strip on the outside of the corner. The tray joinery is hand cut dovetails. The chest hand rails are formed by using an 8 sided birds mouth router bit. The top half of each hand rail is made from a single board so the grain flows across the profile. Didn’t have any boards wide enough to do the entire rail from one piece but they turned out well anyway.
Note the curved front edge of the chest top panel. That required some experimenting to come up with a fence/hold down system on the router table. The panel raising routerbit used was a Freud that has integral back cutters. Worked really well as long as I took several light passes. Hickory splinters very badly – worse than Red Oak.
The family crest on the underside of the lid is carved in leather. The leather is glued to a piece of 1/8 harboard and that assembly is attached to the panel with a rare earth magnet.
Finished with multiple coats of Deft brush on satin lacquer, wiped on. Followed by rubbing out with 0000 steel wool and Briwax beeswax, then a few coats of Briwax bee/caranuba wax.
The hinges are from Rockler and are torsion hinges that hold the lid at any angle.
As always, your comments and critique are welcome.
-- Always do the Right Thing the Right Way the First Time - if you can figure out what that is! Ken, Spring Branch, TX