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Project by jdh122 posted 05-24-2018 10:18 PM 884 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a chest I finished for my sister. I used a single wide board to make all of the drawer fronts. That piece had a tremendous amount of curl to it, more than shows up in the picture. It was impossible to plane, I had to sand it. I also decided to finish the piece with shellac rather than my usual tung oil finish to try to tone down the wild grain a bit.

Frame-and-panel construction, with solid cherry resawn, book-matched panels. Mortise-and tenons for the carcass, hand-cut dovetails for the drawers. The grain was so unpredictable in the fronts that I had to do the last bit of the half-blind dovetails with a router plane rather than split it out with a chisel.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests





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Jamie McDonald

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#1 posted 05-24-2018 10:49 PM

Fantastic clean looking chest! I bet the cherry is going to age beautifully over the years. I can’t imagine a better project to inspire your special someone to fill the drawers with exactly the right kind of garments than a lingerie chest. I’ve been thinking about making one for my wife for a few years. What was your sister’s response when you gave it to her..lol?

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 05-25-2018 01:02 AM

Somehow I have a hard time picturing the Shakers having need of a lingerie chest

:^p

But this one looks beautiful!

Nice job

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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robscastle

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#3 posted 05-25-2018 01:25 AM

Matt,
A history lesson for you.

Shakers came about after seeing Jeremy wearing the kit as he made the chest. (a joke by the way)
You may enjoy this project.
Nice work Jeremy.

It sounds like you had fun building it, and it deserves a few more pickies and constrution details considering!

-- Regards Rob

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 05-25-2018 02:55 AM



Somehow I have a hard time picturing the Shakers having need of a lingerie chest

:^p

But this one looks beautiful!

Nice job

- Mainiac Matt

I agree, but my next thought was how much lingerie does she have that she needs a chest this large.

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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robscastle

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#5 posted 05-25-2018 06:03 AM

woodbutcherbynight I am not sure either, but I do know I wish my wife had so much, i would build her a nice chest for it all too.

Jeremy is going to regret framing the project text that way with all the hot LJs about picking up on it, and in my case not so hot there days!!

Its a good candidate for DT3. pity is was not a bit more comprehensive.

Hey! did you check out my “project” link? talk about funny!! Poor ZLP has never posted anything since.

-- Regards Rob

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 05-25-2018 09:10 AM

Nice chest, thanks for posting.

“Somehow I have a hard time picturing the Shakers having need of a lingerie chest”

Made me laugh.

-- Think safe, be safe

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jdh122

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#7 posted 05-25-2018 09:46 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments. I still don’t know what my sister thinks of it since she lives 5 hours drive away and I’ll be delivering it in a week.
I know it sounds odd to call it a lingerie chest and use the word shaker, but that’s what it’s called, I didn’t invent the term (or the design) as a google search shows: https://www.google.ca/search?q=shaker+lingerie+chest
Obviously Shakers themselves had no need of frilly underthings, but maybe they made them to sell.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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robscastle

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#8 posted 05-25-2018 10:49 AM

Well there is the truth getting in the way of a good story and ruining it!
Wow $1400 plus, .... I might knock a few up myself!!
I hope your sister appreciates the work you did!!

-- Regards Rob

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 05-25-2018 03:01 PM

This chest turned out beautifully.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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lew

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#10 posted 05-25-2018 03:10 PM



Somehow I have a hard time picturing the Shakers having need of a lingerie chest

- Mainiac Matt

The vision that first popped into my mind was well…...

Nice build!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jamie McDonald

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#11 posted 06-05-2018 02:29 AM

The thought that popped in my head was…. of course everyone has a use for it, and who better than the shakers to be smart enough to intentionally create more space for lingerie! I think this should be my next project and…I will smile the whole time I’m building it dreaming about the possibilities that could be discovered stored within it…

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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builtinbkyn

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#12 posted 06-05-2018 02:50 AM



Somehow I have a hard time picturing the Shakers having need of a lingerie chest

:^p

But this one looks beautiful!

Nice job

- Mainiac Matt

Like you, I was think more petticoats than lingerie to go with Shaker lol But nice work OP! I’m sure your sis will love it, no matter what goes in it.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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jdh122

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#13 posted 06-05-2018 11:18 AM

Thanks for the comments. I gave it to my sister this past weekend, and she was very happy.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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robscastle

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#14 posted 06-20-2018 10:15 AM

Good job Jeremy, ... I hope you spared her all the banter!

-- Regards Rob

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