pair of maple chests

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Project by Sawdust posted 08-21-2007 06:15 PM 2231 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t posted any projects for a while, as work has kept me busy. I have been working slowly on these chests, and managed to complete them this past week.

The two chests were made as a gift for the two young daughters of a family friend. Made of soft maple, the frame and panel chests are 22” wide X 46” long X 18” high. The bottom and top rails are tenoned into the corner stiles. I made the corner stile posts by jointing them using a box joint router bit. The corner posts extend to the floor “Virginia style”, and are hidden behind the base trim.

The chests will leave my shop unfinished and go to an artist friend who will paint the chests with colorful garden and flower scenes in each of the 3 front and back panels, the end panels, and the top.


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#1 posted 08-21-2007 09:05 PM

Good looking chests!

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

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#2 posted 08-21-2007 09:44 PM

Wow! Very nice job on the construction. These should really be beautiful when there completed.

Show us some pictures when your friend gets done with them.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 08-22-2007 12:22 AM

very nice.

-- bryano

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#4 posted 08-22-2007 12:37 AM

how wonderful!!
I wish I could see the finished-finished project.

The girls will treasure these forever, I’m sure!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 08-22-2007 12:56 AM

Me too MsDebbieP!!

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

View Bill's profile


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#6 posted 08-22-2007 01:05 AM

Very cool Sawdust. They are nice looking chests.

Besides the painted scenes, what else will be done to finish the chests? Will they rails/stiles be varnished or left plain? I can see varnishing the entire chest after the paintings are done to protect them from the wear and tear they will get.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#7 posted 08-22-2007 07:28 AM

Very nice chests – I’d say that your friend’s daughters are in for a treat.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 08-22-2007 05:14 PM

Good looking chests! Are the panels ply or solid wood?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

View Sawdust's profile


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#9 posted 08-22-2007 09:17 PM


Panels are solid wood. On most all of my frame and panel projects I use solid wood. Certainly, with these chests due to receive paint, I could have used plywood. It is easier in my shop to move lumber around than heavy plywood.


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#10 posted 08-23-2007 01:03 PM

Beautiful maple chests, now I love maple. It’s none of my business but they sure would look nice with some waterlox and polywipe. But to me they look beautiful just sittin there like they are. jockmike.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 08-24-2007 08:13 PM

A beautiful pair! I agree with Mike…I’m sure the paint job will be nice but a clear finish and some wax and those babys would be even nicer! IMHO


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#12 posted 01-24-2012 03:19 AM

Beautiful maple chests!

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