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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 12-22-2016 01:53 AM 1565 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesA

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12-22-2016 01:53 AM

I’m thinking of making this campaign chest (Schwarz) for my son who is moving to Montreal.

I’m going to stick with the design with two exceptions. I don’t turn, so I’ll need mother leg/bottom support style. N thoughts?

Second, I dthink met think I’m going to dovetail the chest ( I will dovetail the drawers). I’ll probably use dado/rabbet. Will I lose anything (other than style points?).

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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pmayer

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#1 posted 12-22-2016 05:42 AM

Hi Charles,

This will be a cool project. One thought on the legs, you could do a simple square design that is based on this original, with a square upper portion that has some routed grooves, and a tapered lower portion.

In terms of your joinery approach, dados/rabbets will be fine for this. If it sustains an impact harsh enough to break a well executed dado joint it’s going to be in rough shape regardless of what joinery is used.

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Derek Cohen

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#2 posted 12-22-2016 10:03 AM

Charles, the dovetails were for strength. You do not need to use them. It is not as thought the chests are likely to be travelling across the mountains on a mule.

In fact, you can do whatever variation you like, since you will be the one to live with them (or, rather, your son).

I built these chests a few years back, before Chris Schwarz began popularising campaign furniture. These are dovetailed Jarrah, with asymmetrical dividers, and dovetailed drawers …

Regards from Perth

Derek

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Lazyman

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#3 posted 12-22-2016 01:25 PM

Personally, I think that turned legs look out of place on this style chest. I would just use 4×4” or 3×3” stock and taper all 4 slides slightly. The taper cold have a slight curve to dress them up a little.

Are you using a plywood or solid wood for the chest? I do like the look of the dovetails on the chest but if you are using plywood, I can see why you might not want the end grain visible.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 12-22-2016 01:37 PM



Are you using a plywood or solid wood for the chest? I do like the look of the dovetails on the chest but if you are using plywood, I can see why you might not want the end grain visible.

- Lazyman


Solid wood. The reason not to use dovetails,is,that I have a lot going n before he moves, and that will slow me down significantly.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 12-22-2016 01:58 PM

Have you considered using a simple router jig similar to this to speed up the process of cutting them. The one in the video is half blind but it doesn’t have to be. On something this large, you can use fewer large dovetails, widely spaced, that might not take too much extra time. Just a thought.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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CharlesA

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#6 posted 12-22-2016 02:17 PM

good point. I didn’t think about doing large dovetails. Can do those at the show joints.


Have you considered using a simple router jig similar to this to speed up the process of cutting them. The one in the video is half blind but it doesn t have to be. On something this large, you can use fewer large dovetails, widely spaced, that might not take too much extra time. Just a thought.

- Lazyman


-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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