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Project by fernandoindia posted 03-31-2012 04:47 AM 3219 views 17 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It all started as follows:

Besides those little boxes, mallets and other stuff you worked on, can you make something useful?

And here we are. She hardly needed a place where to store her etchings drafts, papers and finished work.

Unfortunately my SD failed to keep the photos taken while under construction.

The good new is that I finally learned and applied sketch up technology, not as tidy as Neil or Mads, but helped me a lot during construction

The case measures 1 meter x 70 cm depth and 47 cm high. ( 39 3/8” x 27 1/2” x 18 1/2” ) It is supposed to be leaning in a similar chest. (Which will be started as soon as possible. (Meaning exactly that: as soon as possible, which may mean, never))

Rails and stiles of the chest are made of some figured cedar bought for the purpose of this make.

It was a great opportunity to make use of some flooring left overs, which were paneled and then planed to 1/4” .Such pieces then veneered to 1/2” ply. I am challenging the expansion and contraction myth here. So will see.

To keep the paneled aspect, the six drawers fronts mimic the sides and the top.

To maintain simmetry alive, the top and lower drawer front are one piece rail, and have no pulls. They are made with 3/4” plywood sides, and 1/2 ” ply bottom. Tonge and groove joints. There is one thing more boring than making a drawer this size: Making six. They are so big, heavy, rude, clumsy. Not fun at all.

The top is attached to the case by means of a piano hinge at the front.

In the back it is locked with a bronze ball catch. It can be raised 15 cm, to let the papers fall simultaneously to the floor. (She wanted that way, to keep her busy) It is held up with a wooden lid support in each side.

The case back panel has a middle stile, since I didn´t have enough length of flooring left. Besides, it was easier to press the smaller veneered panels.

This is the only photo left from the construction phase.

It is finished with buffed sanding sealer.

Hope she like it. Despite the drawers, the paneling, the veneering, and the finishing, I enjoyed a lot the process: I bought a new table 8” jointer for this purpose.

Thanks for passing by

-- Back home. Fernando

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#1 posted 03-31-2012 05:05 AM

Funny write-up and great chest! Your skecth-up skills are unrivalled. Thanks for showing this. I really like the wood on the walls too, very classy.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 03-31-2012 05:13 AM

Very nice work and a cool design.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 03-31-2012 05:38 AM

Oh, that is Sweet! You did a very nice job on it, and it’s a great story. Thanks for sharing it!


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#4 posted 03-31-2012 05:49 AM

Nicely Done!!! Nice design and functionality!!

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#5 posted 03-31-2012 08:33 AM

I bought a new table 8” jointer for this purpose

I think that statement alone qualifies this as a great project! Plus it is a striking piece very well done. Good job.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#6 posted 03-31-2012 12:18 PM

That is really nice. Looks nice, well received, and lots of storage. What could be nicer?
I will tell you what: an 8” jointer.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 03-31-2012 12:34 PM

Very functional, with lotsa storage. Very well done. You could say this is an artists tool box.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 03-31-2012 01:05 PM

Very nice. And it was generous of you to buy the 8” jointer. :o)

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#9 posted 03-31-2012 01:29 PM

Hey Fernando – thanks for a great project and a great laugh! Love the skethup! But I think it’s a different version than Neil or Mads use…..just a guess!

Great design with the papers falling to the floor – LOL!

Using up the flooring scraps – love it. And where are the pictures of the 8” jointer…..we want more info! We want an 8” jointer!!

Looking forward to seeing the next one, but sounds like it will be awhile :) And it’s good that you FINALLY built something useful…....

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#10 posted 03-31-2012 01:40 PM

Great chest for storing paper. I too have used the same sketch up application you have. It is very effective.
Thanks for sharing it.

-- Mel,

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#11 posted 03-31-2012 02:27 PM

Very nice work my friend.
Thank you for sharing.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#12 posted 03-31-2012 02:42 PM

Nice work, Fernando. I suppose, occasionally we have to pander to keep the other half out of the shop. Well done on both fronts!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 03-31-2012 02:45 PM

Thanks for posting this project. It has inspired me to make a similar piece, a bit smaller perhaps, to store my many patterns.

-- "Just my opinion, I may be right"

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#14 posted 03-31-2012 02:47 PM

That turned out really great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#15 posted 03-31-2012 04:01 PM

Very Nice!!

That cedar has some beautiful grain patterns.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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