Shaker Sugar Chest

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Project by dirtbagchaser posted 06-26-2011 06:27 AM 3189 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was fun, lots of dovetails to this walnut piece. Was contacted by somone who wanted a custom build and I really enjoyed the study of history about this rare item that was prevelenat with the wealthy in the Shaker Community. Fun project.

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#1 posted 06-26-2011 09:40 AM

You do really fine work, and you seem to do a lot of it. How do you have time to chase dirtbags? Watch your six and stay safe.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 06-26-2011 12:34 PM

I really like this piece. You did a nice job executing the design based on what i have seen. Nice job.

-- Marc

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#3 posted 06-26-2011 03:35 PM

Wow….that’s very authentic looking. Beautiful work!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 06-27-2011 01:39 PM

Love those dovetails all the way down they look perfect. Thank you for spending the time to share your work.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#5 posted 06-27-2011 04:26 PM

Thanks to all for the nice comments, I was approached by a guy that was a collector of antique sugar chests, he provided me with some interesting history about them prior to the build. Believe it or not, I have seen authentic antique sugar chests sell for Thousands and some into the TEN Thousands of dollars. So word of advice if you find one cheap…BUY IT and find a collector to re-sell it to!! Only thing I would have changed on this project would have been to do the dovetails differently. I was a dovetail virgin, and used a jig, which was of course not authentic to design. Maybe I will make another now that I have learned a little about handcutting them.

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