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Chest on Chest - finally completed

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Project by Oldtool posted 472 days ago 1205 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed a chest on chest for my wife, a project I started last fall. Put it into its final destination this morning, nursing a sore back this evening.

All cherry, no secondary woods were used. The wood was from a private purchase last summer, a widow wanting to rid herself of the lumber in her basement. The wood was not F A S, in fact after going through it for project selection, it became apparent to me it didn’t even qualify as number 2 or number 3 common in most cases. There were no full length 8 ft boards usable for furniture due to knots – splits – open knot holes, etc., although most were 6 to 9 feet in length. Most boards had either bark and / or sap wood on two sides, which indicates to me that these were saw mill scrap from the outer cuts off the logs. The boards were air dried, but without stickers, and a lot were cupped with long splits up the middle of the convex side of the board. So I cut what was usable for visible areas, and used the remainder as secondary wood.

This was my most extensive project to date, from a view point of large size and many components. I’ve made raised panel doors before, as well as drawers, but this time I opted for tombstone doors to add a new challenge and learning experience. I blogged about the tombstone doors earlier this year. I like to add new methods of work and new processes with each new project. This way I’m trying to incorporate the use of all my tools.

All moldings were cut by hand, molding and other planes, of course the tombstones were cut by hand, these bracket feet were a first for me, as well as resawing the boards for the backs of the cabinets. I left some tools marks in various places, to add a note of “hand made”. Besides, I think it adds character. I was going to use a glaze to antique the look, but my customer wouldn’t approve, she wanted new and shiny. I learned a lot from this project, important things like: don’t drill hardware holes in the drawer fronts where no hardware is to be mounted, duh!.

Well that’s about it for the description. Any comments or criticism is welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln





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#1 posted 472 days ago

Nice, classic design. Very well made and finished. You should be proud of that.

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#2 posted 472 days ago

this is a beautiful piece!
I like the back story as well

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 472 days ago

Considering you had such tough stock to choose from, I think its absolutely beautiful.. would never know you didnt have top shelf wood to start.. very well done.. you should be very proud of that piece.. classic design, excellent craftsmanship.. outstanding.. keep up the great work.. Papa
P.S… what is the dimensions on this piece?... and what does the sticky note on the side of it say???
Papa

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 472 days ago

Woodworker59, AKA Papa:

The unit is 32” wide, 12” deep on top, 18” deep on the bottom, and 60” high. Height was not limited by the wood, but rather the customer who wants to display family photos at eye level.
As for the post-it note, it’s a permanent fixture in that location, from a prior night stand, and reads: “Pap, I will always I love you, Jamey” (my granddaughter) It’s there for as long as I own this house.

Thanks for the comments guys, happy woodworking all.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 472 days ago

Love it GREAT job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 472 days ago

Awesome job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#7 posted 472 days ago

Beautiful. Very nice hand work.

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#8 posted 472 days ago

anice work

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#9 posted 471 days ago

That is beautiful. Your are a craftsman.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#10 posted 471 days ago

very nice Chest on Chest, great job.

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#11 posted 471 days ago

Very nice. Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#12 posted 470 days ago

A fine looking chest. Classic design with a great build. It will be a family heirloom for sure.

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#13 posted 455 days ago

Beautiful chest.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#14 posted 444 days ago

Fantastic job… Certain the “client” is very pleased… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#15 posted 444 days ago

Amazingly well done especially with the lumber troubles you encountered. A long project that will surely last a much longer time. That post it note is awfully darn special too!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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