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Project by Bricofleur posted 10-07-2009 03:10 PM 3451 views 25 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a storage chest I built last year for my youngest daughter’s 30th birthday. She was very happy and excited since it matches the bed I made for her few years ago.

Believe it or not, it’s all made out of 1/4’’, 1/2’’ and 3/4’’-thick MDF. I’ve put all my heart and my skills into building this piece of furniture she asked me to build for her.

The finish is four coats of oil stain (“Cabernet” color from Varathane) and four coats of wipe-on polyurethane. The dimensions are 43-1/2’’ long X 19-1/2’’ wide X 18-1/2’’ high.

If you want to see the whole process of building it, from scratch to finishing, including tips, short videos, techniques and tools I used, follow this link to the appropriate 21 pages of my website.

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com/category/storage-chest-coffre-de-rangement/

Link to the bed (also made out of MDF): http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com/2008/08/28/lit-double-a-ro-ros-double-size-bed/

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





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jackass

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#1 posted 10-07-2009 03:45 PM

Hi Bricofleur,
Very beautifully done, I can only say I wish I could work at your skill level. Perhaps some day. I am impressed.
.
Jack

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#2 posted 10-07-2009 03:52 PM

That looks awesome. Great job finishing it.

-- Hope Never fails

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#3 posted 10-07-2009 04:00 PM

super build .
nothing wrong with sawdust , it’s still wood !
and stays flat and is smooth . well done .

just think , someday some future crafter will sand of the finish ,
and wonder why someone covered such beautiful wood !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 10-07-2009 04:30 PM

Beautiful! Great looking finish, too.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 10-07-2009 05:12 PM

One word: stunning.

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 10-07-2009 05:27 PM

I can’t believe that is MDF! If you hadn’t included the pre-finished pictures, I would never have believed you. Very nice.

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#7 posted 10-07-2009 05:56 PM

You fooled me Serge, I was guessing walnut when I first saw this chest very nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#8 posted 10-07-2009 06:56 PM

Very nicely built chest – from MDF? Great job on the stain & finish too!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 10-07-2009 09:10 PM

MDF? I would have never guessed! Great job on the build and finish. I can only imagine when someone picks it up they will undoubtely say; “That’s got to be solid wood…..it’s so heavy”. LOL.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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patron

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#10 posted 10-07-2009 09:17 PM

i saw a video of them making mdf and particle board ,
they make a slurry of sawdust and pour it in a rectangular mold ,
and have a flat 6” thick plate that comes down on the slurry ,
that is 6” thick also , and apply 200,000 lbs per square inch to make it down to 3/4” thick !
no wonder its so heavy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 10-07-2009 11:03 PM

Best llooking MDF project I ever saw!

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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#12 posted 10-07-2009 11:17 PM

Very nice, I’m sure your daughter was thrilled to get it. Do you do a lot with MDF? I’ve never used it for furniture, but you have raised my interest.

-- Rocky

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#13 posted 10-08-2009 01:28 AM

This is a great project. I went to your website and was very impressed with all the information there. I know that I will be using some of the techniques and jigs you posted. Great Job. Ed.E.

-- Ed E. " Taking one board at a time "

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#14 posted 10-08-2009 04:31 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#15 posted 10-08-2009 04:35 AM

Looks Great! Love the finish.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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