|Project by Bill Akins||posted 09-09-2008 04:16 PM||2355 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
The chest is finally finished and the wife loves it. I was given some free rough cut cedar last spring which my wife and I decided on a cedar chest. You can see the lumber here on my cross project http://lumberjocks.com/projects/8792 that I was playing around with. I made the raised panels on my table saw that you can see here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/9379 I was pleased how they turned out.
All of the rails and stiles and legs are mortised and tenon with grooves for the panels. I left the inside unfinished and 4 coats of poly on the outside. Brass hinges, support rods and corner protectors. I had bought the protectors for the top but after I went around the top with the router I said Ooops! but my wife wanted them anyway so I put them on the corners of the chest instead of the top.
There is a picture of the chest in the bedroom, one of the chest and me in the shop and one of the back with the lid up.
It took me all summer, with a good month break in the middle, but I really enjoyed the project. My only regret was that the lumber was rough and I do not have a planer or jointer. Everything was made smooth with a belt sander. I couldn’t tell you how many belts I went through.
My next project, hopefully, will be a proper woodworkers bench.
-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.