pair of maple chests

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Project by Sawdust posted 2536 days ago 1743 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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View CharlieM1958's profile


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#1 posted 2535 days ago

Good looking chests!

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

View TomFran's profile


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#2 posted 2535 days ago

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 2535 days ago

very nice.

-- bryano

View MsDebbieP's profile


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#4 posted 2535 days ago

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

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

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

View Dano's profile


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#5 posted 2535 days ago

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 2535 days ago

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 2535 days ago

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."

View Dorje's profile


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#8 posted 2535 days ago

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 2534 days ago


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 2534 days ago

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 -

View Brad_Nailor's profile


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#11 posted 2532 days ago

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


View Beginningwoodworker's profile


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#12 posted 919 days ago

Beautiful maple chests!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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