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Project by Joao Araujo posted 936 days ago 1385 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello,

I built a steamer chest for my one (1) year old goddaughter for Christmas.

It is the typical steamer chest, but it is a bit smaller (about 2/3 the size). Made of oak and walnut.

I didn’t like the way the top corners looked like on the plans so I modified them so, I mitered the corners just like the chest, to me I find it more appealing than having the end grain showing.

The chest was sealed with 2 coats of 50/50 Mineral Spirits/Minwax Polyurethane and finished with 3 coats of General’s Performance Satin Finish.

Take care,

Joao Araujo





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Viking

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#1 posted 936 days ago

Joao;

Very well done. What plans did you use?

Thanks for sharing

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 936 days ago

Very nice. Great finish.Like the walnut accents.

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Joao Araujo

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#3 posted 936 days ago

Viking,

I bought a book called “Cabinets & Storage Solutions” at Lee Valley. It had the plans for the chest there.

Take care,

Joao Araujo

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#4 posted 936 days ago

Thanks Joao.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#5 posted 936 days ago

Great build, great design, super build, looks fantastic

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 936 days ago

Fine looking job.

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 935 days ago

Very nice chest.

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#8 posted 935 days ago

Outstanding work on a beautiful family heirloom.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 933 days ago

Joao
Very nice steamer chest. I dabble in them too, but I always assume you have to add all the hardware on the chest. Your chest is simple and it looks great without all the hardware. I like the proportions of your chest, its smaller but still retains an eye appealing form. I yhink you made a good call how you mitered the top corners.

I look forward in seeing your future projects.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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Joao Araujo

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#10 posted 933 days ago

Hello,

Thank you all for the comments.

Richard, what I basically did for this chest is drop everything by a 1/3. So the length, height, depth including the wood thickness was dropped by 1/3. You can actually say that this is a 2:3 scaled version of the full size one.

That is why it is eye appealing because all the proportions are still there. The worst part is finding the hardware that works with this size.

Take care,

Joao Araujo

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