|Project by grace123||posted 02-06-2016 09:33 PM||1191 views||5 times favorited||15 comments|
My grandson has had his 8th birthday. Now that he has achieved this mile stone, he will be baptized. I wanted to give him a keepsake chest in commemoration of this event.
Many of you probably recognize details from Darrell Peart’s wonderful plans for his blanket chest, which is turn was inspired by the work of the Greene Brothers. I used the oversized and proud finger joints and wood trim on the base of the chest to mimic the leather straps seen on some of the Greene brothers’s work. The overall dimensions of the chest are 15 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 12 inches high.
Here is a picture after I cut the finger joints and did a test fit. I used cherry. The traditional wood favored by the Greene brothers was quarter sawn white oak. My local hardwood dealer had two wide, lovely cherry boards that I could not resist and I made the chest from the cherry. Also, the pegs used in Greene and Greene furniture traditionally are made from ebony. I opted to go with cherry simply because my last fragment of ebony in my shop was not big enough for all the pegs I needed.
This picture shows my novice attempts at letter carving. My heart was in my throat while I was carving. I kept hoping and crossing my fingers that I would not mess up this board. I think it turned out fine.
Here is a picture of final test fit of all the peices before gluing, staining, and placing the plugs.
This shows the stop block I placed on the back of chest. If I used a chain to keep the lid from opening too far and possibly breaking the hinges, I would need to make the top tray shorter in length, and I don’t especially like the chain idea. So the stop block is there to allow the lid to stay open and keep the lid from going too far back.
This evening I will give my grandson this chest. Since he is only 8, I suspect it will initially be filled with action figures and maybe Cub Scout stuff. The lift out tray in the top is sized to hold standard 8 1/2×11 inch paper. It is my hope that he may someday keep documents or pictures there that are meaningful to him.
Once again, to all the wonderful Lumberjocks, thanks for looking.