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Project by Derek Cohen posted 07-24-2013 03:18 PM 2588 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently completed a kist (or blanket chest). The carcase wood is Curly Marri, with Jarrah for the base. The Curly Marri was extraordinarily difficult to work with hand tools, which were used for 90% of this build.

One of the features of this kist is my continuing interest in secret drawers …

The drawer has 1 1/4” (30mm) of internal depth. This should be plenty for a thick book or several magazines.

Here is a link to the full build on my website …

Regards from Perth


-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at

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#1 posted 07-24-2013 07:13 PM

Very nice design and I enjoyed the extra pictures by going dirrectly to the link you provided. I like the design of the hidden compartment and the dovetails used to make it especially the very fine dovetals in making the drawer and moulding.

I am always trying to improve my chest’s design and one of these days I got to try the hand cut dovetails opposed to my router jig dovetails.

I noticed the hardware attached to the lid, does it help hold the lid up and keeps it from slamming down? I am always looking for hardware but I am never satisfied on the look or the costs.

Very elegant work.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#2 posted 07-24-2013 09:46 PM

Very nice chest. Just a tiny bit rustic, but with nice form. Who do you need to hide your woodworking magazines from?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 07-24-2013 10:10 PM

wow, that has character in spades. very nice chest. Only thing wrong with it is it is not in my house.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#4 posted 07-24-2013 11:45 PM

Hi Richard

I was less concerned a out the lid slamming down and more focussed on taking the stress away from the hinges when the lid up up. Still, the hardware can dial in friction to reduce the speed at which the lid drops.

Regards from Perth


-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at

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#5 posted 07-25-2013 11:02 AM

Very nice blanket chest…I like the idea of the small drawer at the bottom…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 07-26-2013 04:38 PM

Good looking and well crafted, like the beautiful wood and the secret drawer. Great job!

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#7 posted 07-29-2013 07:24 PM

Really nice chest Derek. I also like the hidden drawer. I’ve always talked about including those in my project but never have. I need to give it a try one day.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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