Small Pine Chest

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Project by FJPetruso posted 11-08-2012 04:13 AM 2129 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made several of these small pine chests. They go over real well at a Rendezvous or Re-enactment. With the exception of the lid support they are made in an old fashion style with battens on the ends of the lid that also serve to make part of the hinge. There’s a strip of wood across the top of the back of the chest that serves as the other part of the hinges. That strip also has a radius on the edge that allows the lid to lift smoothly & allow water to run off the lid & down the back instead of going inside the chest. Dowel pins are used for the hinge pivots. The battens / hinges & the strip over-hang the sides of the chest and also help to keep water out of the inside. I made the cup handles of pine on my router with a 3/4” cove & a 3/4” radius bits. The ends of the chest are one piece, placed vertically & have a radius cut out for the “legs”. The front & back are made of three pieces of pine placed horizontally & a decorative chamfer between each board. The front & back legs, though not really needed, were added for aesthetic reasons. And were placed vertically with a chamfer at the top of each leg. The lid was also made with three boards, edge joined with a decorative chamfer between each board & a chamfer around the edge.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 11-08-2012 04:43 AM

Nice build. What are the dimensions.

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#2 posted 11-08-2012 05:06 AM

Actually I sold the things a while back but the ends are “1 X 12”s so that makes it about 12-1/2” front to back by about 18” tall by 24” long. ( That’s just the box portion.) I dug these photos out because I like it & want to make a couple more of them. They’re handy for camping.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 12:31 PM

Neat box. I like the hinge arrangement.

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 03:24 PM

These look great. A few days ago, Chris Schwarz put a call out, asking people to build a traditional six board chest like this. He posted a bunch of vintage examples but only a couple of them incorperate a front foot construction like you’ve done on these. It really finishes the look nicely.

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#5 posted 06-28-2017 12:53 PM

This is a beautiful chest and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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