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Well here she is, the completed 1785 Pleasant Hill shaker reproduction.
Dovetailed corners on the case, with ebony square pegged mortise and tenons on the legs.
the upside down bowling pins as they call them are a signature of the Pleasant Hill Shakers.. at least that’s what the book tells me… as well as the shaker buttons for drawer pulls. Although these pulls are longer than the common buttons, they are 13/8” in length as shown on the plans. This has to be one of the prettiest blanket chests I have built, but then again I am a sucker for some nice Cherry. As with most Shaker pieces, this one has a till in the case for small stuff, but this is the first one I have come across with the drawers in the bottom.. I kind of like it.. the case measures 40”long by 20” wide by 32” high legs and all. the two drawers on the bottom are 4” tall and 191/2” deep by 173/8” wide. the only change I made to the original plans was to add a piano hinge to the case for durability, less likely to loosen up over years of use than a pair of smaller hinges.. other than that, it is exactly to the plans provided.
thanks for looking..

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 775 days ago

I like, very nice. Good work on the dovetails. Please show it when finished.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 775 days ago

very good. I love cherry.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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woodworker59

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#3 posted 774 days ago

Oldtool, here ya go, all done and purtty,,, I loved this build..sorry to see it finished.. hopefully it sells quickly and I can start on the next one..

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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#4 posted 774 days ago

I love the base detail. I’ve not seen on like it. Also a question on the dovetails, do you chamfer the corner? Do you intentionally align the seems on the glued up panels from side to side? I usually do just the opposite (not sure why).

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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woodworker59

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#5 posted 774 days ago

Don W, Yes I do chamfer the corners of the dovetails, its something I saw James Kernov do on some of his pieces and I really liked the look, gives it another shade to light-light to shade point that I think really effects the appearance of the case… could be just me, but I like the look… I don’t always line up the seams on the glues ups.. this time when I was laying out the boards, it just happened to be the way they looked the best.. there is quite a bit of the cherry worm line in some of the pieces, so tried to orient the pieces to deflect that as much as possible.. Tried to be a faithful to the original as possible, even down to the scratch stock bead around the drawer faces. Its also the first time I had ever seen a blanket chest with the drawers and apron, thought it was cool so I went for it.. glad you liked it..

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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Oldtool

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#6 posted 773 days ago

I really like the this build, especially the hand work – dovetails, scratch stock, etc. I think this gives the piece character. Shows it’s a one of a kind. Some say customers can’t tell the difference, but I’m not so sure that’s true. They may not recognize the details of hand work, but I’ll bet they pick one of these over machined produced items every time.

Great work, keep,it coming for our viewing pleasure. Thanks

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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woodcut

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#7 posted 773 days ago

This has been on my bucket list since I first saw it in Kerry Pierce’s book “Pleasant Hill Shaker Furniture”. Your version looks taller, though. His book mentions there are three nearly identical versions at Pleasant Hill, each with through-dovetails on the front and half-blind on the back. I know I will opt for through-dt’s like yours.
Where did you get the plans?
I like the variable spaced dovetails. Very nice piece !!

-- Carl, Iowa

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woodworker59

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#8 posted 773 days ago

Woodcut- this came from Kerry’s book, if you look at the plans for the one with the drawers in it, you will notice that it has through dovetails on both front and back.. at least that’s how I read them, could be I’m wrong.. And yes mine is slightly taller than his, by request.. the person who placed the idea in my head and who is now on the fence about it wanted enough room to hold all her winter bedding and felt a taller chest would be in order..
I really like the pieces in his book, may give a go at the drop front cabinet in there, its a really big piece but looks like it would be a great build.. I picked up a boat load of cherry from an estate sale last summer, should have just about enough left to make that tall piece.. just need to convince the wife we need it in our house.. I am also looking at making the bed he has in there for one of my grandkids.. thanks for the input will look forward to seeing yours when its done.. be safe and enjoy… Papa

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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#9 posted 722 days ago

The chest is very beautiful and it looks like you took much time and care in the construction and finish. I have been pouring over Thomas Moser’s book How To Build Shaker Furniture and I am considering attempting “Dr. White’s Chest for our home for clothes and such. It’s a pretty big build but, hey, it’s a challenge right.

I enjoying building chests and finished my first chest build mostly by hand. It’s a tool chest. Check it out on my projects page. It’s a combination of a Chris Gochnour plan of a smaller chest mixed with the trim options from the Anarchist’s Tool Chest. It really stretched me on the dovetail work but I learned with the practice. I am thinking about building a shaker chest maybe a 6 board chest with lots of detail on the base and maybe custom folk paint on the panels. There are lots of antique paint ideas online for sure.

THanks for sharing the chest build.

-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23

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woodworker59

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#10 posted 720 days ago

TDog the one I made came from Kerry Pierce’s book on Pleasant Hill shaker furniture.. I made mine about 1 and a half inches taller than the one in the book.. just turned my feet a little longer.. If you like shaker, its a good read.. lots of info on the life as well as the furniture.. thanks for the kind words.. I have about 80 hours in it, because I did 90 percent of the work by hand.. with the exception of the ripping of the rough lumber and the turning on the lathe, the rest is all hand work.. looking forward to seeing the chest your going to make, I am sure it will be a wonderful piece.. have fun, make lots of shavings and dust.. keep your tools sharp.. Papa

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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#11 posted 714 days ago

Wow Papa this is just fantastic, there is so much on this site and I missed this post. Wonderful work…and inspiring for sure. Thanks so much for your time and talents.

All the best,

Joe

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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