Six Board Chest

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Project by jwicks posted 580 days ago 2814 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this six board toy chest, during the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s made out of pine boards that I bought at the big box. Each of the six boards is made up of two edge glued boards to get the desired width. For the design I basically copied Chris Schawrz’s sketchup design.

I decided to use wood from the big box in order to save the time of dimensioning my own from rough pine lumber from the lumber yard. In retrospect I bet I spent more time picking through the boards to find reasonably straight and twist free boards, and fiddling to make relatively flat panels without removing any more thickness, since they started out at 3/4”.

The rabbets and dados were done with hand tools, the ogees in the end panels were cut on the bandsaw, and the moulding was done with a router. I used Tremont cut nails to join the parts, no glue, and clinched the nails on the battens into the top to help keep it relatively flat.

The finish is General Finishes Coastal Blue milk paint, followed by General Finishes PolyAcrylic Flat sprayed on with an HVLP gun.

It was a fun and relatively quick project. It provided good practice at hand cut dadoes and rabbets. If I build another I’d like to try making the moulding with a moulding plane and cutting the curves by hand as well.

-- Jon

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#1 posted 579 days ago

I was going to comment on that finish until I read the description. I’m going to have to look into that. Looks perfect! It’s always a b&*^% looking for decent pine at the depot isn’t it?

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#2 posted 579 days ago

Great looking toy chest. Did you make it from your own plans or did you get the plans from some other place? I have been looking for something like this for my kids. Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 579 days ago

I used this sketchup model for the dimensions, etc:

-- Jon

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Caleb James

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#4 posted 579 days ago

I love that finish. Keepin it real. Will age gracefully with use.


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#5 posted 579 days ago

Very nice chest, indeed! Well done, looks great. Love the finish, too. I’m looking more forward to experimenting with milk paint each time I see a project like this…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#6 posted 579 days ago

Great chest! You made this in a week-end? Such skills! The milk paint looks awesome, my wife has wanted me to try this. Does it come pre-mix?

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#7 posted 579 days ago

This looks super Jon

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 579 days ago

GF’s milk paints are premixed waterborne acrylic paints. They are thin enough for spraying. I used the 2mm tip on a WoodRiver HVLP gun. I read somewhere that they’re not really milk paints, just thinned acrylic paint. I think the only two makers of real milk paint are Real Milk Paint and Old Fashion Milk Paint:

They are both powder form that you mix. I haven’t tried those yet.

-- Jon

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#9 posted 579 days ago

Very Nice!

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 579 days ago

Nice build sir

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#11 posted 579 days ago

Nice Box! looks nicer than the one I built several years ago.
Just a suggestion if this will be for a child:

Cheap insurance and these really work. You can’t ever be safe enough when it comes to kids :)

-- Dave in NH

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#12 posted 579 days ago

Thanks Dave, yeah I plan to add something like that. Thanks for the link.

-- Jon

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#13 posted 579 days ago

great lookin chest, nice color, nice lines!

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#14 posted 578 days ago

nice work
I have seen box┬┤s described sixboard and as three boards
is that a meassurment that is equal to Fx 40 inch and 20 inch
or how should I understand it

take care

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#15 posted 578 days ago

Good clean lines and an expert paint job; congrats on a fine project

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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