Six Board Chest

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Project by mpmitche posted 02-02-2014 12:23 AM 2925 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a six board chest I’ve been working on with traditional hand tools. The hinges came in yesterday from Nathan’s Forge and it is now all together and in my daughters room. Its a nailed chest of 5/4 eastern white pine. The moldings were cut with hand planes. The end grain and some of the lower trim didn’t cooperate and it has a pretty rustic look. Finish is shellac inside and out, yellow milk paint undercoat on the outside, red milk paint overcoat and finally linseed oil. I wanted the inside to smell nice and have some protection but like the traditional look of milk paint for the outside. After the two tones of paint I distressed it lightly by sanding. The plane chatter on the moldings and some areas around the corner of the lid are about the only showing yellow. I figure my kids will do a nice job of adding to the distress over the next few years.

1. Opened Chest
2. Closed Chest
3. Hinge close up (really like the screws that came with this)
4. Yellow undercoat
5. Requisite Roy Underhill imitation shot (Anarchist tool chest episode)

Thanks for looking and happy shavings.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 02-02-2014 01:18 AM

Nice looking chest. The hinges really give it the final touch.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#2 posted 02-02-2014 01:33 AM

Came out well. I have Nathans’ hinges on mine as well. Did you plane down the 5/4 or leave it that thick?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 02-02-2014 01:40 AM

That looks great, I’m sure it will be an heirloom. I like the hinges too. Don’t sweat the chatter marks, that makes it more “authentic”.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 02:28 AM

Nice work!

By any chance are you planning on putting safety hinges/catches on the lid?

That kid’s fingers might thank you for it! :-)

Thanks for sharing this – nice lines.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#5 posted 02-02-2014 12:30 PM

Really like this chest, the color is very nice

-- God exists... But relax, He's not you!

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 01:54 PM

Thanks for looking everyone. I mentioned that the stock was 5/4, after planing it down (by hand) it came out a touch over an inch thick. I was concerned that this size chest in 3/4” would be too flimsy. It is pretty heavy as is now. For the little fingers and to prevent it falling too far open and damaging something I am looking for some additional hardware as well.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 02:16 PM

You did a fine job on this. It’s very attractive and nicely done.

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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#8 posted 02-02-2014 04:01 PM

I love it!
Wonderful work and color.
Lovely hardware.
And what a lovely little ferry looking out on that last picture.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 02-05-2014 05:12 PM

It’s beautiful and love the rustic look. Great choice of color and hardware. She will enjoy it for many years. Great job!

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