Medieval style hutch chest .

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Project by randomray posted 12-29-2011 05:41 AM 3180 views 6 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is based on a fourteenth century french chest . The front design is the closest to the original ” with an obvious change ” . This was a pretty complex build due to all the angles in the end pieces . It would have been a pretty straight forward build if I had built it with 90 degree joints like 95% of these chests were . chuckle … The lid on the original was made from one piece of wood with no carving on it . It was originally supposed to be made completely made from Basswood . Well …the lighter colored center section and the lid IS , but the vertical ” legs ” and cross bars on the ends are Rock Maple . This meant that some of carving was way harder then other areas . The only hardware is the handles and lock . All the joints are draw pegged and the lid uses wood hinges with metal pins .
Note one : The white marks are damage from tape on the original picture .

Side note : Some of the leftover Rock Maple was later used in the maple lyre .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 05:57 AM

That is an awesome piece of work. The carving must have taken considerable time. What are the dimensions?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario (

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 06:06 AM

sweet piece of work great detail

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#3 posted 12-29-2011 06:12 AM

What a great and unique piece ,it has so many great details it makes it so special plus fantastic carving. A grade A top notch
work of art.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 12-29-2011 06:54 AM

wizzardofwood : It’s about two feet high by four feet long and about 18” deep . And thanks to everyone for your kind words I’m glad you enjoy it .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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#6 posted 12-29-2011 07:19 AM

That is a beautiful piece of work .
The carvings are fantastic with that very crisp look.
Tell more about the original please it would be interesting .


-- Kiefer 松

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#7 posted 12-29-2011 08:52 AM

Your carving skills far surpass mine. Just plane awesome.

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

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#8 posted 12-29-2011 09:39 AM

Extarordinary work,all around

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#9 posted 12-29-2011 09:40 AM

Once again, what a magnificent piece you created !
Your style of woodworking and carving is precisely what I dreamed of 5 years ago when I started woodworking… and what I am still dreaming about.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#10 posted 12-29-2011 10:49 AM

Try as I might those white marks will not rub off of my screen. LOL. Great looking project.

-- 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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#11 posted 12-29-2011 12:18 PM

This is a really cool project !!!


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#12 posted 12-29-2011 02:02 PM

Great build sir! I am curious to how you have fixed that damaged area caused by the tape. The second thing is that I’ve always been curious about what type of finish is put on one of these carved boxes. Again you are a fantastic carpenter.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#13 posted 12-29-2011 02:10 PM


-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#14 posted 12-29-2011 02:25 PM

This is outstanding. You did a wonderful job on this and should be very proud of your work.


-- 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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#15 posted 12-29-2011 03:06 PM

Wow! Incredible work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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