Mini Apothecary chest

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Project by Tooch posted 04-07-2013 08:49 PM 1307 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is a Massage Therapist, and she has a million of these little essential oil bottles. So for Christmas, I decided to put my mind to making her something to organize them.

Made out of Poplar and Mahogany, using the Porter Cable dovetail jig. The lid was made using a Freud raised panel router bit, also out of poplar. Dados were cut after I cut the top piece off for the lid, so that they wouldn’t show through above the lid. The separating pieces aren’t glued in, rather I used lap joints and they all slide in so she can remove any if she wants.

Hinges and latch were both purchased at Rockler. I used a mineral oil to coat the wood and keep with the “holistic” nature of the piece. She really loves the fact that no stain or chemicals went into the finishing of this.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 11:15 PM

Good idea

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-07-2013 11:30 PM

That is a nice box. I like your dovetails and the Poplar really is nice, never thought of using it for a nice box – but you have made me think about using some Poplar. Good job!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 10:11 AM

Thanks! I know the dovetails are kinda backwards, but I wanted to be able to see the angled portions from the front.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#4 posted 04-10-2013 03:00 PM

A beautiful box! Like the top and the dovetails. I bet she loves it.

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#5 posted 04-10-2013 03:51 PM

Very nice and a wonderful storage box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 12:37 PM

Very nice, Tooch!

-- Chip, Massachusetts

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#7 posted 03-22-2015 12:05 PM

This is an awesome box

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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