Walnut Block Front Chest

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Project by Dexter1 posted 01-25-2014 04:29 PM 915 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This walnut block front chest was built last year. I started it at a class at Lonnie Bird’s and finished at home. As usual with his classes, I learned many new skills I would have never figured out on my own in a thousand years. Two things in particular were the shaping of the beaded drawer dividers and dovetailing them into the side of the case and constructing the drawer fronts from a 3” thick piece of walnut and shaping the inside and outside to a finished thickness of 7/8”. The finish was water based dye, a thinned coat of shellac and several coats of a hand applied mixture of varnish , linseed oil and Pure tung oil. I always finish up with an application on Renaissance Wax that several suppliers carry. I applied it with 4/0 steel wool. A very little bit goes a long way and at $25 for a small can it better but it is amazing stuff.

-- Rex, Bellefonte, PA

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#1 posted 01-25-2014 04:32 PM

Excelent work Rex a beautiful Block front chest

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-25-2014 04:38 PM

This is a beautiful piece full of beauty. You did a fine job on this.

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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#3 posted 01-25-2014 08:05 PM


-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 01-25-2014 11:25 PM

Another amazing piece

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#5 posted 01-26-2014 04:59 AM


Beautiful! You must have a house full of heirloom-quality furniture!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 01-26-2014 08:52 PM

Fantastic build. Just OMG that is beautiful. I read you intro, and wondered who your teacher(s) were. Obviously, if you can build like this they are excellent teachers.

-- Ben in Va

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#7 posted 02-04-2014 12:44 PM

Awesome! Beautiful work.

-- "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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