|Project by Jonathan Szczepanski||posted 1502 days ago||3852 views||54 times favorited||31 comments|
I built this chest for Hope Rising, a charity that helps local non-profits in the D.C. region. At Celebrate Hope, their annual fund raising event, they auction off donated items from local businesses and individuals. I decided to make this chest, because I thought it fit right in with their theme.
52” x 20” x 20”
Walnut – Top, Base, Chest bottom, Miter-Keys accent, Trim around panels (Harvested from around the corner. The guy had it sitting in his shed for five years after he had it cut from his yard. Score!)
Hard Maple – Sides stiles and rails
Quilted maple veneer – Panels on MDF core
Maple Plywood – Back of chest.
Brass piano hinge
Brass lid supports
Wipe-on Poly (I used the Marc Spagnolo’s “A Simple Varnish Finish” from The Woodwhisperer )
Time spent building:
Much too long. I made some mistakes – don’t we all – as well as design changes mid-stream. Originally I was going to use walnut plywood with solid walnut frame for the top. I had it made, but I just didn’t like the way it looked. I replaced it with a solid walnut with breadboard ends.
Top – Simple breadboard ends with a tenon on the main panel and groove on the end caps.
Chest sides – Simple frame and panel construction, Mitered and miter keys for the corners. The back panel is rabbeted into the sides.
Chest bottom – Individual boards are ship-lapped to each other, the ends are tongue and grooved into the sides. None of the boards are glued so that the boards can expand and contract.
Base – The feet are two individual boards, glued together at 90 degrees. Then half of the material is removed from the inside top half to create a shelf for the stretchers to sit. They are then face glued to the stretchers. To create the space between the base and chest – I wanted it to look like it was floating – I then faced glued and screwed a spacer piece onto the back of the stretchers for the chest to sit on.
Miter Keys, Veneered panels, Bookmatching, Breadboard panel, Design of the foot, shipped-lapped boards.
Tablesaw, jointer, planer, drill press, miter saw, ryoba, shoulder plane, block plane, jointer plane, smoothing plane, scraper, random orbit sander, bench chisels