Small chest

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Project by Freed62 posted 10-25-2016 08:04 PM 1106 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at a small chest, Walnut and curly maple. Will most likely see use as a jewelry cabinet. Drawers are felt lined. I made up the design as I went, thinking that the curves would be both challenging and artistic.

-- Freed62

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#1 posted 10-25-2016 08:31 PM


Nice wood, nice shape!

The only “issue” I have is that you don’t have that wonderful maple covering the entire front.

What manner of drawer slide technique did you use?

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#2 posted 10-25-2016 09:08 PM

Love the curves. Bet it was a challenge. That finish looks awesome, what dye did you use on the maple? Is that a wax finish, satin poly, etc?

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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#3 posted 10-25-2016 11:12 PM

That is beautiful. I also love the curves. They give it a very unique and elegant look almost Asian.

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#4 posted 10-25-2016 11:19 PM

id say your first attempt was a direct hit,looks beautiful and i love your design.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 10-25-2016 11:22 PM

Super nice project, love all the curves and the wood chooses make it a winner!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#6 posted 10-26-2016 12:40 AM

“Design as you go”, definitely worked for you. This is a beautiful piece. Congrats !

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#7 posted 10-26-2016 12:55 AM

Nice work freed. Welcome to Ljs.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#8 posted 10-26-2016 01:23 AM

Striking! love the curves.

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#9 posted 10-26-2016 05:29 AM

Very well done indeed!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 10-26-2016 11:44 AM

Thanks! The curved walnut drawer handles were a late addition just because I wasn’t happy with the original approach I was planning.

As to the drawer slide technique, I will add another picture showing the drawer slots. I inset wooden runners inside the walnut walls and the drawer slots ride on them.

There is no stain on this piece. I user Arm-R-Seal semi-gloss oil and urethane finish from General Finishes to pull out the ‘natural’ contrast of the woods.


Nice wood, nice shape!

The only “issue” I have is that you don t have that wonderful maple covering the entire front.

What manner of drawer slide technique did you use?

- splintergroup

-- Freed62

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#11 posted 10-26-2016 04:49 PM

This is a wonderful piece.

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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#12 posted 10-27-2016 05:27 AM

Realy beautiful designs with curves all over it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 11-14-2016 11:26 AM

A grand slam! Disagree with splintergroup, the contrasting of woods on the front works perfect.

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