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Project by sheetzy posted 12-27-2015 12:16 AM 1350 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a customer ask me to make a blanket chest that resembled a treasure chest. He is thrilled with the finished project. It’s made of pine and is 48 inches long by 25-1/2 inches wide by 30 inches high. Everything is hand-dovetailed. I built a small “glove box” inside on the right. The strap hinges and all the handles were custom made by my blacksmith friend at Leaning Barn Iron Works in Conestoga, Pennsylvania. Zar Classic Wood Finish gives the chest a nice, light, amber look. This project was really fun to make, and I completed it just in time for Christmas.

-- Sheetzy





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Moosesman

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#1 posted 12-27-2015 12:42 AM

This is a beaut. The finish the dovetails the hinges. Everything ties together and looks great

-- The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up. Jean Cocteau

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#2 posted 12-27-2015 12:59 AM

Pat yourself on the back, Very nice piece.

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#3 posted 12-27-2015 01:09 AM

That’s very nice job,
May I ask do you use a jig and a hand held router for your dovetails?
Kind Regards

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sheetzy

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#4 posted 12-27-2015 01:24 AM

I use only a sharp chisel, a marking gauge a mallet and a dozuki dove tail saw. it takes a little longer but it’s very rewarding. thanks for the kind words sheetzy

-- Sheetzy

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#5 posted 12-27-2015 01:27 AM

All the above comments are true and still inadequate too describe the fantastic job done on that!

-- just rjR

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anthm27

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#6 posted 12-27-2015 01:37 AM

yer that’s very very nice man, old school.

I remember I did that very poorly once or twice only at my tec college during my apprenticeship in Australia.
That was 30 years ago.

You have aroused my interest, do you have film footage of you making those joints?

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sheetzy

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#7 posted 12-27-2015 01:52 AM

somebody gave me a time life video with a old german guy named frank clouse. I watched it a couple of times and made about 5000 dovetails since

-- Sheetzy

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#8 posted 12-27-2015 01:56 AM

Nice skill ,
Not so many people in the world these days with hand skills like that.

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anthm27

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#9 posted 12-27-2015 09:22 AM



I use only a sharp chisel, a marking gauge a mallet and a dozuki dove tail saw. it takes a little longer but it s very rewarding. thanks for the kind words sheetzy

- sheetzy

Sheetzy I been looking at those Dozuki saws on internet, I have never used a saw with a handle like that, I feel it would feel strange to use over a conventional saw handle. Is there an advantage to that long slender type handle?
Further to that what brand of chisels do you recommend?

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#10 posted 12-27-2015 02:26 PM

looks great

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#11 posted 12-27-2015 08:05 PM

super super job

-- Dick F,Burg Iowa

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#12 posted 12-01-2016 04:28 PM

This blanket chess is so nice and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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