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Chest for Kloe

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Project by StephenSC posted 08-18-2012 10:29 PM 650 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this for my granddaughter Kloe for Christmas 2012. I know, it’s a bit before Christmas, but I have to move it out of my garage, so I can build another granddaughter a bed. Took about 3 months total. Almost had version one done before I knocked it off of sawhorses with the automatic garage door, and it broke a foot off. Since the feet run the six foot length of the chest, I could not repair and keep the style like I wanted. Lots of 5/4 white oak, sides are plywood white oak. This was built from the plans (sort of) of Doctor White’s Chest by Thomas Moser. I bought his book, but mostly used his dimensions and a picture, modified to suit me. He sells them for $10,800, and I have just over $500.00 in wood. I am very happy with it. Made enough mistakes to ensure I keep my amateur woodworker status. Now I have the damaged model to fix up as a tool chest. I’ll be back in the garage as soon as the thermometer drops below 100 (but it’s a dry heat).

-- Stephen, Riverside. If it's worth building, it's worth making it real heavy.





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Gshepherd

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 11:47 PM

Looks pretty darn good to me and the smile should tell you all you need to know….. Kloe will cherish this forever… Nice build….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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woodworm

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#2 posted 08-19-2012 02:41 AM

Nice looking chest. Great job!
I love to have oak like your drawer fronts. Unfortunately it is very expensive in my country.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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StephenSC

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#3 posted 08-19-2012 04:01 AM

Thanks. The white Oak is pretty cheap here. About three dollars a foot, a little more for the 5/4. Nice to work with.

-- Stephen, Riverside. If it's worth building, it's worth making it real heavy.

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RalphCompton

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#4 posted 08-19-2012 04:02 AM

Looks really nice! It must have been heartbreaking to have knocked over the first one. From the pictures it looks as if there is a hidden space behind the middle panel. Or is it accessed from the right side door?

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StephenSC

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#5 posted 08-19-2012 08:44 PM

The hidden panel is behind the center, accessible from the left side. That panel is held in by a child safety lock, so you have to hold a magnet in the right spot to release it. I have used that trick several times and really like it, because nothing shows, and if you don’t think to check with a magnet, you would never figure it out.

-- Stephen, Riverside. If it's worth building, it's worth making it real heavy.

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