|Project by doug_w||posted 12-11-2015 08:29 PM||693 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I made three of these, one for each of my granddaughters for Christmas. The youngest is 8 so I will hold onto it for a few years. The center section of the top is fiddle back mahogany and the rest of the wood is sepele as Honduras mahogany is almost impossible to find these days – sepele (African Mahogony) is a better match than West Indian mahogany and I like the grain more than non-figured Honduran – it also has a reasonable price. Pommele sepele has an absolutely beautiful figure that I built some sofa tables with (veneer), but quite pricey.
For those making silver chests, one of the big challenges is putting in the silver cloth without wrinkles. I had great success using hot hide glue as you can put it down thin and heat it back up with a hair dryer if you need to re-adjust the wrinkles. Make sure you apply the glue to the wood and don’t get the cloth saturated as hide glue dries really hard.
-- Doug, Georgia