Dovetailed chest with carved medieval designs .

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Project by randomray posted 12-31-2011 05:00 AM 2636 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A dovetail chest made with traditional handtools including molding and carving . Aprox 16” high X 24” long X 14” deep . Made out of basswood with mahogany stain . Honestly I think it looks better without the stain , but that’s what the customer wanted .

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

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#1 posted 12-31-2011 05:10 AM

I love your carving, Ray . . . also your chip carving is flawless! Nicely done ! !

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#2 posted 12-31-2011 05:32 AM

Fabulous carving! You’re right—the unstained shows off the carving better! Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 12-31-2011 05:55 AM

Great work here….wow….wonderful job on this!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#5 posted 12-31-2011 06:59 AM

Very nice carving. Has a “Lord of the Rings” feel.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#6 posted 12-31-2011 07:05 AM

wonderful wonderful great looking chest and amazing carving.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 12-31-2011 09:03 AM

I love the pattern you used for the border of the lid. Very intricate.

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

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#8 posted 12-31-2011 09:46 AM

Beautiful carvings, Ray!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 12:00 PM

Outstanding work. I love it. Do you know what the customer intends to put in it?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#10 posted 12-31-2011 01:05 PM

Everything about this is simply stunning. I like it better without the stain too.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#11 posted 12-31-2011 03:02 PM

That is wonderful,Ray !!!

-- Lidiya,Russia.

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#12 posted 12-31-2011 04:38 PM

That is a beautuiful cabinet. Wonderful carvings, they are great!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 12-31-2011 04:54 PM

Wonderful carving and dovetail work, the stain does not help the project, but I guess the customer wanted
it to look like it could have been made in medieval times, and the lighter wood would not have given that
aged patina feel to the project. Wonder if there is a middle ground in there somewhere? Thank you for sharing your skill with us.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 12-31-2011 05:01 PM


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#15 posted 12-31-2011 08:15 PM

way cool chest. my wife really likes it and so do I

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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