A Chest to Remember (Completed)

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Project by David Grimes posted 11-13-2011 12:34 PM 1621 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This small chest…

- has exterior panels made of 3/4” birch plywood
- the drawer fronts are maple with antique pewter pulls
- the exterior trim is pine, except for…
- the lid edge banding is maple strip between birch lid and pine edge trim
- two full extension drawers with waffled lining
- interior has three lower compartments that are felt lined
- two till boxes slide on a front and back rails
- the till boxes have felt front and back sides for easy sliding on the rail (prevents wood on wood chafing)
- hardware includes a safety hinge, a piano hinge, then drawer and lid bumpers.

All of the wood members were stained, then followed by at least two coats of de-waxed shellac (with sanding between coats), then finally at least three coats of wipe polyurethane (with synthetic wool lightly between coats).

I believe that the little chest is more interesting with all the different woods and stains, but in any case that was the plan. I used the Nikon for these pics, but still got color variation from reality due to the flash. They will just have to do. The drawers (flat black) and two totes especially look strange in the pictures, but not so in person.

Thanks for stopping in.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#1 posted 11-13-2011 03:41 PM

Well, this is a pretty good looking chest, and well executed. When I saw the thumbnail picture I though it was an antique chest, particularly because of the dark colors. The two totes look blotchy, but I’m glad they don’t in person. Thanks for sharing your work.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#2 posted 11-13-2011 04:15 PM

Nicely done, David.

On the photography, sometimes I shoot my projects both with and without flash, and use whichever ones look better. More often than not, it’s the ones without.

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

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#3 posted 11-13-2011 04:30 PM

Same here on the flash. Very rich looking colors. Might have gone darker on the drawers to match the overall look.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 11-13-2011 05:25 PM

David, you did a beautiful job on this chest. Congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 11-13-2011 07:40 PM

Great. I can see my planes stored in that.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 11-13-2011 08:12 PM

Nice job David!
Some one will be really happy there!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 11-13-2011 11:41 PM

thank´s for sharing a well done job :-)

take care

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#8 posted 11-15-2011 04:28 PM

Like the character of the piece. Simple but subtle. Presentation is half the battle? There are a few good blogs on taking pictures of your work on LJ’s if your interested. Sometimes my pictures turn out better than the real thing. LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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