4 foot long cedar chest

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Project by David Hacke posted 03-16-2012 04:39 AM 3194 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Think this chest look better than my first cedar chest siince I bought the tapered plug cutter to make plugs for the screw holes instead of using putty. Minwax Pecaun stain and 2 coats of Minwax wipe on gloss poly.

-- Dave, Kelso, Washington

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David Hacke

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 04:42 AM

So some openions on design. would it be better to build a seperate flat top with decorative trim on it so I could use hidden fastners on the inside the was I build them now its all screwed together then I cut the top off.

-- Dave, Kelso, Washington

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 02:10 PM

If you want to keep building it that way you could assemble it from the “top down” and use pocket screws from the inside putting the bottom on last. Then you could cut the completed box to create your top.
Any of the boxes I have built, I have built the actual lid as a separate entity, but your method makes for a better grain match.
The plugs here aren’t bad, they add visual interest. I like them!
Nice chest!

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#3 posted 03-16-2012 03:42 PM

Perhaps a design idea would be to use a drastically different color wood for the plugs (like walnut). As long as they are spaced evenly, which it looks like yours are, they may stand out nicely.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 03-16-2012 08:35 PM

Did you have a set of plans?

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David Hacke

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#5 posted 03-17-2012 03:27 AM

Well this cedar chest got me $200 now I am buying enough steal to build me anew table saw feince and 8’ rails and also enough cedar to build my next cedar chest that was ordered buy a friend at work.

-- Dave, Kelso, Washington

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#6 posted 03-17-2012 03:49 AM

Great looking chest David I like the design and the over all look.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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