|Project by FoggyGarage||posted 09-07-2009 10:16 AM||5327 views||20 times favorited||16 comments|
This toychest was inspired by an arts-and-crafts chest on the cover of Fine Woodworking (I think that was the magazine). It’s soft curly maple and purpleheart. It’s finished with a sealer coat of blonde shellac and then water-based poly. I used the poly because it’s supposed to have some UV-fighting power, but I think the purple is already starting to fade in the sun.
All-in-all, I really like the way it came out.
I tried something new with these panels; I rabbeted them to fit in the centered grooves and then rounded over the shoulders, so the panels look a little like they bubbled out. I like the look, and I’ll probably give it another try later. I’ll take some close-ups.
As for what I would change, I am not sure I like the shape of the top. I think it’s definitely too thick.
Second, the top panels were supposed to be one large panel, but I somehow messed up my layout lines and cut down the only 13-inch wide purpleheart board in the Bay Area incorrectly. This annoyed me, and facilitated the need for a three-panel top.
Lastly, the sides are not full panels; I let the purpleheart directly into the front and rear glue-ups without surrounding them. I liked the way this looked when I dry-fit the chest, but don’t like it now. Oh well. I still think it looks good, and it’s about the most unique piece I have made so far.