Sea Chest, Purple Heart/Satin wood

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Project by tpalm posted 02-15-2012 10:59 PM 3781 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dovetail chest with 21 inch wide purple heart and satin wood, I am making this at my highschool (Landmark school). This week it will all be glued up!, i have about 100 hours into this and cant wait to see it done. when its done i will add more pics.

Just need to keep varnishing and i am waiting for the hinges in the mail.

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 11:43 PM

looking forward to the finish pictures!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 11:47 PM

Routeing purpleheart is not among my favorite things to do. Did you find it difficult?

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 11:50 PM

i didnt use a router, i went old school and used a saw and chisel

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 12:21 AM

Can’t wait to see the finished project! Thanks for posting!

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 12:27 AM

Chipping away at it with chisels is a close second! Stuff is Hard!

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#6 posted 02-16-2012 12:33 AM

Great work!!! I love the dovetails!

-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 03:47 AM

The purple heart was very hard to chisel, i had to sharpen them with a diamond stone everyday. but it was worth it, routers show no skill, these dovetails are just as tight.

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#8 posted 02-16-2012 04:55 AM

Nice work, I don’t hand cut dovetails anymore, getting lazy and more impatient as I get older. I certainly appreciate the time and effort you put into it.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 02-16-2012 10:08 AM

Very nice chest. I’m curious as to why you chose such evenly spaced dovetails as variably spaced ones would have better displayed your hand-work. As is, they look like a dead ringer for machine-cut ones.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#10 posted 02-16-2012 09:10 PM

if someone knows what there looking at they willl know it was handcut and chiseled. Like if there i didnt sand out a marking gauge line or something…which will not happen lol. My woodworking teacher loves the project, proble because im making him look good haha

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#11 posted 02-17-2012 06:28 AM

Purple heart is a beast isn’t it, but it will be well worth it.
You are doing a great job, looking forward to seeing it finished!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#12 posted 02-19-2012 02:51 PM

great job i love the fact you went old school and hand did the dovetails sure you could route them but this adds that personal touch of class and craftsmanship myself i prefer the evenly spaced dovetails very nice job and thanks to the instructor for allowing you to do such good detail time consuming work in class thanks for showing this and looking forward to the finished post

-- freighttrain,ky

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#13 posted 03-28-2012 03:00 PM

Very, very impressive. Did you learn to woodwork like this at home, or was it all from being taught at high school?

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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