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#1 posted 12-22-2011 12:25 AM

Casual 1, I am a novice, really. I’m usually to busy to start any projects that are of real value. Usually my tools are for repairs around the house or yard. Like a small awning for for my shed doors to keep rain from running inside and soaking the floor. My biggest projects to this date have been a quilt rack and a handful of shadow boxes.

I appreciate the compliment, and yes I did purchase a plan from (it’s the traditional American blanket chest.) I used their dimensions of 44 X 21 X 21, but altered it some. I didn’t want the drilled holes and wood plugs showing, so opted for a raised panel look with the corners being mitered at 45 degree angle and a spline to join them together. ( I got that plan from a woodworkers journal magazine I had, but I really liked the look it gives as being one pieces of wood, but what a hassle at assembling.)

Most of the project worked out well, with the help from so many forums at this site, as well as youtube videos. I had a few errors and it was evident from all the wood thrown throughout the yard at the time. (Just kidding) My biggest challenge was the lids. They were to large to crosscut on any tools I had, so I elected to use a circular saw with a straight edge as a guide. (Some how I measured wrong and was 3/4” short on all the pieces, and had to attach another board with biscuits, then rip them to the correct size.) My latest problem is attaching the hinges. I ordered hinges online, but the screws are cheap aluminum and twist off at the head half way into the wood. Yes I pre-drilled pilot holes! So I had accept what little Lowes had for an alternative since it’s crunch time. Thankfully, that’s all that’s left to do.

Attached are 4 pics, (No lids are attached, and one is removed to see the inside.) Once these are on, I just have to wait for Santa to show. Thanks again.

-- ~ Mike ~

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