Greene and Greene Toy Chest

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Project by jaydub posted 02-20-2016 09:34 PM 1075 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one’s over a year old, but the work I’m most proud of – that I haven’t posted it until now speaks to the project’s inspiration – my daughter Caroline.

Solid cherry – some beautiful stock with some really nice figuring. Hand planed every surface, a task and technique that I’ve become really fond of. 46 (!) ebony plugs (thanks William Ng for the awesome method

Little hidden drawer that she still hasn’t learned about, but that will be a lot of fun sometime down the road.

Finish is shellack and paste wax. A big mistake – at least for its purpose – though it sure was beautiful for 24 hours or so. Unfortunately the breadboard ends of the top sits vertically proud of the rest, so refinishing (really getting all the scratches out) will introduce another set of challenges, but I suppose there’s something to be said for the piece showing the miles it has on it.

-- happiness is a sharp plane iron

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#1 posted 02-20-2016 10:07 PM

Very nice toy chest. Nice details and beautiful wood too. I can never find good curly cherry. That box will look better and better as the years go on. Great work.

-- Andy Smith

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#2 posted 02-20-2016 11:36 PM

Very nice. I have been working up enough gumption to build one of these

-- Keith H. I want more gadgets; I need more skills

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#3 posted 02-21-2016 01:15 AM

Very nice. Great job.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#4 posted 02-21-2016 11:33 AM

Very nice chest, I’m curious how you attached the breadboard ends? Wow, planing by hand I can’t imagine. .

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