Aromatic Cedar Chest

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Project by TCCcabinetmaker posted 12-18-2011 06:50 AM 1445 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One of my first personal furniture projects, I made some big mistakes in allowing for woodmovement, but you’d never know unless you saw the back of it. The dimensions are 18”x 25”x 47” there are 2 drawers on the front, and the inside is unfinished for the smell and what not.

I basically built an I beam out of cedar between the drawers, and you can actually stand inside this chest, even though the bottom of the inside is only 1/2 thickness.

(What I did wrong)
The side panels do not run in the same direction as the front and back, they run parallel to it, when I made this seven years ago or so, I did not know that when wood expands it grows along the grain, so, basically, the back expanded with the sides cracking it.

This is one of my favorite woods, so I have a few other projects I’ve built out of it, mostly for my bedroom.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#1 posted 12-18-2011 07:00 AM

I should add I left this unfinished for several years, and only put a finish on it about three years ago or so. Oddly enough I store clothes in this, rather than the aromatic cedar chest of drawers that I keep blankets and such in. Unfortunately, it’s a bit too big to have framed up in a picture. That’s my home shop in the back ground, not the big shop where I build the larger cabinet/book case jobs.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 12-19-2011 02:50 AM

Very nice Chest . You have done a very good build .

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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