Lingerie Chest, first project

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Project by DSnyder posted 05-10-2008 06:38 AM 1633 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all,

Thanks for the warm welcome to LJ! This project probably qualifies as my first ‘project’ which was completed a little over a year ago. It was a wedding gift for my then future wife. For me, it was great – nice to have a reason to do something creative with the tools of my father and grandfather, while also filling a real want for someone special.

To be honest with you, I’m not completely sure what all types of wood were used on this piece. I’m no wood connoisseur – yet – but I can tell you that there are no exotic hardwoods here: just lumber right off the shelf from a chain supplier! I know, I know… One day soon I’ll grow up into the finer things I’m sure.

The design was inspired from a piece my wife saw in a local store and really liked. I made up the skeleton after tinkering with my grandfather’s jointer, and testing it out on some 2×4’s. Later, those 2×4’s would become the four corner pieces on this chest (fancy, eh?). By far, the most fun was using my father’s new dovetail jig for the drawers. What a guy! He let me use his brand new dovetail jig before he even used it!

Finish on the piece was two coats of a dark oil-based stain, followed by three coats of poly. In hindsight, I should have used a sealer first, but I was in too big of a hurry to get it done. Shortly after these pictures were taken, the handles were added to complete it.

When taken as a whole, it’s a solidly-built piece (picture a wooden tank, if you will) with dovetailed drawers and a decent finish, though the materials are not top quality and my craftsmanship is still in development. Hope you all enjoy!

-- “I am a soul. I have a body.” Lloyd C. Douglas

5 comments so far

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 05-10-2008 06:44 AM

Great first project. I am sure that you learned a lot. You will progress in knowledge and skill with every project.
(You will progress in knowledge every time you log on to LJ.)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 05-10-2008 12:15 PM

This is a nice project, irrespective of how many you have done. The joinery looks solid, especially the dovetails which can be difficult even for a seasoned pro. The inset drawers look good as well. You did a nice job with this piece.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 05-10-2008 12:34 PM

I can’t make a dovetail that good what are you crying about? Great looking piece. I bet your honey loves it, wanna bet, and the only other guy you gotta please is that guy in the mirror. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 05-10-2008 01:40 PM

Very well done. Nice looking dovetails.

-- JJohn

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#5 posted 05-30-2008 07:32 PM

Great job!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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