Small Cedar Chest

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Project by Cole McFarland posted 07-30-2012 07:10 AM 2506 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Its just a small cedar chest i gave to my girlfriend, i’m looking for some new ideas to put into a simple box. I’m only 15 so my options for more expensive wood are slim. I’m open to all suggestions though! I’m looking to perhaps step up out of a box into something more complex! I can’t do carving or router work because i don’t own a router. But i’m still open to all ideas! And i’m open to all constructive criticism. I know this isn’t perfect. But its also my FIRST project I’ve ever done on my own.

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 07:23 AM

Cole, great first project

It looks good.

Time & Practice are all you need

There are so many ideas on LJ’s

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 07-30-2012 09:32 AM

Looks fine to me Cole, stay with the boxes but make them more complicated i.e. dovetail the corners and do away with the construction blocks, don’t need routers, extend your hand skills before migrating to power tools and machinery. I have a workshop full of expensive power tools and machinery, but still like to work with my hand tools. Carving is only an extension of working with chisels, learning control and most importantly effective sharpening.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#3 posted 07-30-2012 11:18 AM

excellent chest. as bill stated inexpensive hand tools well sharpened can accomplish great things. perhaps scallop some moulding for the base with a coping saw ?
if your time is limited maybe a relative or neighbor has a shop you can use.
anyway most importantly you got out and built it! be proud of it, i would be.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#4 posted 07-30-2012 12:43 PM

Great job!! You will learn with every project. I agree with Bill, develop your hand tool skills first. Welcome to LJ’s

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 07-30-2012 02:10 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. That is a great first project. I’m sure that your girlfriend is impressed.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#6 posted 07-30-2012 06:00 PM

Good looking little chest !

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