Audrey's Linen Chest

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Project by senomozi posted 02-12-2011 08:48 PM 3834 views 13 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a linen chest I built for Audrey, my niece and goddaughter, for her 18th birthday. This is a tradition my father-in-law started as he built one (different model) for each of his three daughters when they turned 18.

This was quite an exercise in design. I looked at every chest on Lumberjocks to get some inspiration and spent many hours drawing different things. I wanted something that had a young enough look so it would please her today and not loose its charm as it ages with her. Time will tell if I got it right.

The side panels are made of a secondary wood frame sandwiched between two 1/4” veneered panels. The outside panel is made from bookmatch mahogany crotch veneer. The inside panel is maple veneer to match the front, back, bottom and top. The whole thing is wrapped with solid mahogany I shaped in a gentle curve and added brass buttons (brass screws I filed flush to the wood)

2” x 2” ebonized oak beams support the bottom panel of the chest. Rotated by 45 degrees they seem to have a diamond-shape cross-section. A design detail I repeated with a pair of inlays in the top and front panel. Even the small banding that is part of the inlay has a diamond-shaped pattern.

Finished with brushed shellac. 20” high x 44” long x 18” wide.

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada

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#1 posted 02-12-2011 09:08 PM

This is really cool.
The handle idea with the dark veneer is a favorite for me.
No wait,...... it’s the ebony oak squares on the angle, or the book matched mahogany….

definitely the arched side panels with the brass buttons.

I would love to see the inside and what hinge you used.

Your work is awesome.

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#2 posted 02-12-2011 09:28 PM

very good design!!!!!!!!!!
craftsmanship is exellent
i can see a very happy girl
yes show some pics of the inside
i love it


-- Kiefer 松

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 09:50 PM

great design and build

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 11:16 PM

Nice job she will be very happy

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#6 posted 02-13-2011 01:53 AM

Outsatanding work and design senomozi!
Another vote for pics of the inside!!

-- shavins

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#7 posted 02-13-2011 02:20 AM

simple lines but with details… nice

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#8 posted 02-13-2011 02:36 AM

excellent read with a wonderful finish … shellac

inspiring piece , truly well done

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 02-13-2011 02:40 AM

WOW, thats beautiful

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#10 posted 02-13-2011 03:46 AM


Excellent piece! When I first saw the thumbnail, I thought I was looking at a jewelry box because of all the great details. You have a very lucky niece.

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#11 posted 02-13-2011 04:27 AM

Well done! Excellent craftsmanship and attention to details. +1 for pictures of the inside!

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#12 posted 02-13-2011 05:36 AM

i love it all, the filed off brass screw idea is awsome love it!

-- the journy of a thousand miles begins with a single step " Lou-Tzu"

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#13 posted 02-13-2011 03:59 PM

Sorry but I won’t be able to show pics of the inside since the chest has already been delivered. The inside was simply an empty box. I did not line the inside with cedar. The lid is attached to the back panel using a piano hinge. I did not use hardware to support the lid open because I ran out of time to get the hardware so I might do a retrofit in the near future.

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada

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#14 posted 02-14-2011 01:03 AM

Bro, haven’t seen you for a while hope all is well….... What a great job on this, the details are amazing. It’s the little things while looking at this that give it so much charater..You hit this one out of the park!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 02-14-2011 04:53 PM

A beautiful piece! Very creative design. I am sure it will be appreciated for many years. Congrats on a wonderful gift!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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