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Project by s.Turner posted 836 days ago 2675 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this blanket chest for my wife for her birthday several years ago. It’s made with cypress wide boards and a cedar bottom. It was my first try at hand cut dovetail joinery. The plans for the chest came from a shaker furniture book.

It was a bit of a challenge but the dovetail really pulls the warp out of the boards.

Thanks for looking.

Steven

-- "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 836 days ago

Nice work.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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upriver

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#2 posted 835 days ago

Beautiful! I am sure it was also a lot of fun to create.

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AussieDarrin

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#3 posted 835 days ago

Lovely work,Steven!...as I’m new to America,what sort of cedar did you line the base with?
I’m just about to launch into, two 10 ft x 40” salvaged Orford Cedar outdoor tables…

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deon

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#4 posted 835 days ago

Lovely chest, identical to the late 18th century local chests

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 835 days ago

Now this is a nice piece. Congratulations, Steven.

helluvawreck

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#6 posted 835 days ago

What kind of finish did you put on the chest?

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#7 posted 835 days ago

Very impressive. I like the full width boards. I would also like to know how you finished it.

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s.Turner

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#8 posted 835 days ago

I believe the cedar is the basic eastern red cedar that grows here in Arkansas. I got it from my father-in-law who cut it off of his land. Free wood is the best kind.

The finish is General Finishes Polyurethane Top Coat I purchased from Rockler. I want to go back and add one more coat because I’ve never felt like I got enough buildup the first time I finished it.

-- "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams

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Manitario

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#9 posted 835 days ago

Looks great! I’m impressed with your dovetails; my “first try” and hand cut dovetails was un-publishable!

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

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WoodSpanker

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#10 posted 834 days ago

Pulls the warp, maybe, but I think the clincher there is it looks fantastic! :) Nice job!

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#11 posted 834 days ago

man that is BEAUTIFUL.. I’m so jealous of the wood you have access to! Really nice job on the hand cut dovetails!

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Fatback

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#12 posted 329 days ago

Fine work there Steven.

Like it…...........

-- I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.

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