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Location: Central Virginia

Lifelong woodworker but interested in lots of other stuff. Retired in March 2017. Just finished building my dream workshop (28x46) after 30 years in a 24x24 building.

Nearly all of my projects are made from air dried lumber obtained locally from sawmills or sawyers. I purchase in large quantities (1000 to 2000 bf) and air dry myself. (Need to plan ahead with this approach.) I work primarily in Cherry and Walnut as these are species readily available in Virginia. Cherry is my favorite because it smells so good when machining, and ages to a wonderful dark orange/brown color after a few years. Poplar is the usual choice for secondary wood.

Wife and I have furnished our homes with antiques for the most part, so most pieces I make (that are allowed in the house 8^) are period or traditional in style, though I've made more modern style pieces where appropriate to the application or as gifts to family members.

When I'm not making sawdust, you can find me on or about the Chesapeake Bay in our boat (occasionally with rod and reel in hand), or hanging around with a bunch of guys dressed up as cowboys at one of the 4 or 5 local Cowboy Action Shooting ranges. I'm pretty deep into collecting and working on Cub Cadets, with 9 running tractors from the 60s and 70s that I've restored. On idle weekends, you might spot me haunting the local antiques malls looking for vintage tools (while the wife is checking out the glassware or jewelry).

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#1 posted 01-25-2016 03:54 AM

Don’t quite understand the lid frame description, or I should say how the dovetails are attached in a manner that keeps the top from cracking. I’m kinda new to woodworking so please excuse my ignorance. I have to make 2 blanket chest’s before June and love your design, is it from available plans or your design? Thanks….Jim

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#2 posted 01-25-2016 10:30 PM

I posted a picture from the plans and a link to the plans on the project page. The molding around the top is attached to the top with sliding dovetails. Hopefully that will explain.

The plan is free from Not sure if you have to have an account or not, but if you do, it’s only $14.95 a year I think, Worth it for all the plans.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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