|Project by Sundowner||posted 10-25-2016 10:46 AM||725 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
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.