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Project by Alster posted 1132 days ago 2090 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 hammeredhinges.com; 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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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1132 days ago

Beautiful chest.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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kenn

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#2 posted 1132 days ago

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

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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RoundestRock

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#3 posted 1132 days ago

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

Can we guess what you put in there?

-- I only WISH I could do this for a living. Problem is I don't want to sell anything I make!

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Stosh

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#4 posted 1132 days ago

cool chest, nice job

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Alster

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#5 posted 1131 days ago

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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itsmic

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#6 posted 1131 days ago

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

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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