Stickley Style Chest

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Project by John Everett posted 07-29-2010 02:43 AM 2792 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Stickley style chest made of quarter sawn white oak. For the finish, I fumed the parts with 30% ammonia prior to assembly. After assembly, I used one coat of shellac, glaze, then two more coats of shellac, then wax. Knot holes were filled with copper and epoxy. I made the hand hammered copper hardware.

-- "Well done is better than well said."

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#1 posted 07-29-2010 02:45 AM

Sometimes, ... words just fail me.

Will “a-MAZ-ing” do ??

I mean … that’s a stunning, and unique piece of furniture.

Bravo !

EDIT: I just saw your spice cabinet, too.

ALSO a very beautiful project. Quite talented, you are !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 07-29-2010 02:50 AM

Very nice work!

-- Jim, Nebraska

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Dan Hux

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#3 posted 07-29-2010 02:53 AM

very well done..did you design it or buy plans? looks very good,,you should be proud. how thick is the lumber?

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#4 posted 07-29-2010 04:46 AM

Good Good Good very nice…....................................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#5 posted 07-29-2010 05:54 AM

You’ve done great across the board from making your own hardware to putting together what looks to be a sturdy as well as beautiful piece of furniture.

The comments that came to mind were:
That’s some nice wood. Where did you source it?

Great job on your fuming. It makes those rays POP!

Sure looks like an heirloom type piece to me. If you don’t sign and date your work you should.

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John Everett

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#6 posted 07-29-2010 06:15 AM

WOW! I really appreciate all the wonderful comments. Thanks.

I wish I could take credit for the design. I, however, used the plans in American Woodworker issue #116.

The wood was sourced from a local lumber store. I was very, very picky in choosing what lumber went into this project, because like you said, it is definitely an heirloom piece. The secret to fuming is to go over the wood with a scraper after it’s been fumed. The rays pop right out.

-- "Well done is better than well said."

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#7 posted 07-29-2010 07:10 AM

Great looking chest very well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 07-29-2010 01:17 PM

Love it,
The grain on the wood, wow!
Love it when a piece gets fumed to “give it that antique look”
very nice build

-- Doug...

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#9 posted 07-29-2010 05:38 PM

Very nice, excellent job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#10 posted 07-30-2010 08:04 AM

I like that very much. Love the hardware you chose for it also.


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#11 posted 12-04-2010 05:50 AM

Hmmm…I’ll have to remember that scraper trick.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 11-28-2012 08:56 PM

Hi, John. Just admiring this, and some other of your work. The self-wrought copper pulls are outstanding. The overall functional design of the piece is functional, proportioned and authentic in form. I admire your venture into fuming, but honestly, the way the the flecks contrast with the long grain of the wood, combined with the knots in uprights and the copper(?) in the knot voids makes for a very busy look for this genre of furniture. You know… could just be the photography, too.

I have found that analine dyes provide more predictable ways of toning and staining A&C pieces. I’m just not sure that the dye approach wouldn’t have been a better way of blending the wood variances rather than deliberately drawing attention to them.

Now your rocking chair?....that rocks in more ways than one.

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#13 posted 07-24-2016 10:22 PM

Beautiful work in every regard.
Please share how you learned to make hammered copper pulls, I would love to try that!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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John Everett

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#14 posted 07-25-2016 02:52 AM

Thanks Willie. Here’s a link to the copper hardware instructions.

-- "Well done is better than well said."

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