Curly Cherry and B/E Maple Chest

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Project by prime8 posted 10-31-2009 08:28 PM 1914 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my wife last week. I used scrap materiels, and the lid pieces were to short to do tenons. I went the easy route with pocket screws for the top. All the dovetails were cut by hand, and I resawed my own bids-eye maple veneer… If 1/4 inch stock can be called veneer. The stock is 7/8 thick to give it a look of mass. Everything came from rough sawn stock, left over from a false beam job I did a while back.

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#1 posted 10-31-2009 08:54 PM

Nice wood and dovetails good looking overall

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#2 posted 11-01-2009 02:49 AM

Love that birdseye maple in the top (nice touch). Nice tight dovetails.

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#3 posted 11-01-2009 03:21 AM

Very nice chest! The woods work very well together and the dovetails look great. Nice job!


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#4 posted 11-01-2009 03:41 AM

Dovetails, birdseyes, how many birds died in the making of this chest LOL.

Nice work.

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#5 posted 11-02-2009 02:25 PM

WOW…hand sawn dovetails. That takes real patience for sure. How did you finish the box? I’m making cherry face frames and raised panel doors and have not decided how to finish them.

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#6 posted 11-02-2009 10:57 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments fellas. The finish is something I learned from Charles Niels a-z video series. I used trace coats of honey amber dye to pull some yellow out of the grain. I left the last coat of honey amber after final sand, and topped with mission brown tinted shellac. 2 coats. seal coat 2 lb mixed with transtint dye. Topped off with 2 coats of wipe on poly.

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