reclaimed pine and mahogony chest

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Project by Sundowner posted 10-25-2016 10:46 AM 976 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this chest is a riff on a previous one I made with a full M&T frame. I like making these little boxes because you really only need one board for the mahogany legs and frame. Then all you gotta do is wait until you find another nice piece of lumber for the top and infill panels. Pretty easy to make these, too. All you really need is a table saw, a bench top mortiser, and decently sharp chisel. A router does help with the battens.

In this case, I was given a doug fir 6×6 rough cut timber that my cousin, er.. ‘liberated’ from a contractor dump. I wasn’t that impressed with the timber until I looked at the end and realized that it was not a peeler core and was completely clear. I sliced it up and it had good color, so it became a box. Being the untrusting type, I added battens on the underside of the top that are mortised in the top with sliding dovetail ways and slotted hole screws to keep the lid on the level. Made sense to line them up with the top hinges. The tile on the front is something I tripped over at the local tile store in the bin of discounted floor samples. I was gonna sell it, but my wife claimed it when she saw it. Now my daughter sits on it every morning to tie her shoes.

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#1 posted 10-25-2016 12:58 PM

Beautiful combination of those two type of woods, nice design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 10-25-2016 02:01 PM

beautiful piece

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#3 posted 10-25-2016 06:51 PM

This is a beautiful piece and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 10-25-2016 08:49 PM

That’s a great looking chest—and a great story about your cousin liberating the pine!

Sounds like your wife and daughter are going to claim this as their own!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 10-25-2016 10:44 PM

That is super attractive. I can see why your wife staked her claim. That wood color combination is really great.

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#6 posted 12-20-2017 06:32 PM

Simple and awesome. Great work.


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