Sea Chest

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Project by Alster posted 07-23-2011 04:15 AM 2845 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sea chest inspired by Denis Hambucken’s “Early American Country Furniture.” It’s made of tulip poplar from the BORG. All of the work was done with hand tools. The hinges are from; the washcoat is milk paint from Old Fashioned Milk Paint. My son is now using this as a toy chest; I’ve hidden a surprise for him in the chest’s secret compartment, but he’ll have to find it on his own. He’ll be pleased as punch when he finds it!

By the way, Hambucken’s book contains the nicest exploded drawings I’ve come across. If I recall correctly, he’s a professional illustrator of some sort, and it shows in his work. The book has some nice projects and is a great read.

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#1 posted 07-23-2011 05:51 AM

Beautiful chest.

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#2 posted 07-23-2011 06:03 AM

Extremely well done, excellent dovetails, I love the hardware choice and the rope handle. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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#3 posted 07-23-2011 06:52 AM

I love the secret compartment idea. Consider it stolen ;)

Can we guess what you put in there?

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#4 posted 07-23-2011 08:15 AM

cool chest, nice job

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#5 posted 07-24-2011 03:11 AM

Thanks for the kind words!

The secret compartment is really nicely designed (Hambucken gets the credit). On lots of the old chests I’ve seen, the till would have a false bottom, and the till’s side would slide up in a dado to reveal access between the false bottom and the real bottom. Hambucken’s design has the till bottom doweled into the case sides; flip it up to access a compartment between the side of the chest and a false side. Invisible and unconventional. And now the home to a bit of cash that will remain there until my 4-year old happens upon it.

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#6 posted 07-24-2011 07:24 PM

Very Cool Chest, it has a really animated look from out of a story book, that is a very good thing, sometimes paint makes a project just right, You have accomplished this very well, the rope handles are great, super job on this, thanks for sharing

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