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Forum topic by thiel posted 01-04-2011 07:04 AM 1496 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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thiel

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01-04-2011 07:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: raised chest panelled chest

Saw this piece in a friends place and really loved it. Can anyone point me to some plans for something similar? (No reason to reinvent the wheel!) (and yes, the photo has been flipped…)

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency


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#1 posted 01-05-2011 08:24 AM

That’s actually a pretty good project to start drawing up your own plans. Since it’s a friend’s, they won’t mind if you take measurements and pull the drawer out, etc. You should be able to see all of the parts. You can determine you own method of joinery since it’s not exposed (i.e. pocket screw, BeadLock, biscuits, mortise & tenon, loose tenon, etc.). Why don’t you give that a whirl, post your plans up here and let your fellow LJ’s give it a look-see? It looks a bit like Norm’s 2 Drawer Blanket Chest w/panels. We all have to start somewhere. Might be a good time to dig into SketchUp. Just a thought. Good luck and keep us posted whatever you decide/find.

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 07:33 PM

I like it too. And I agree with CaptainSkully. Take some rough dimensions from that piece and start sketching it.
You might want to finish off the back of it nicely, just in case it ends up some other place than against the wall.
Have fun!

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#3 posted 01-12-2011 06:47 AM

I was thinking you guys would say that :-) Already started on the plans, but I really want to make it a woodworking project, not a Sketchup project, if you know what I mean.

Suggestions for species? I want to keep it simple, but I feel like a little grain would really dress up those panels…

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 05:53 PM

Norm built a bunch of stuff like that out of pine back in the day. That would be a less expensive alternative, and it’ll get distressed rather quickly and start to look like an antique. Since this is your first project of this magnitude, I’d probably get some nice clear pine, not the stuff from the big box store. This is when you can begin your relationship with a real lumberyard.

I’ll say something that a lot of people on here will comment against, but I wouldn’t mess with SketchUp. It’s a great tool, but do you want to learn how to draw up your own plans, or do you want to learn SketchUp. I believe you should know how to do math before using a calculator. Anyway, you can layout your elevation and plan views at different sections (front, side, top, etc.). Work out the joints, intersections, sizes, scale, etc. on paper. You can post those if you want feedback. Paper with grid lines might help, depending on your drafting skills.

To me, this is the best part of the process. I get all jazzed when I’m in the design phase and try all kinds of different options (mortise & tenon, loose tenon, pocket screw, BeadLock, etc.).

Good luck, and post a blog series about your process. BTW, check out tbone’s projects, I’d take any advice he gives, so I’d recess a panel of plywood in the back in a rabbet. This will also keep you square.

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 05:32 AM

Captain,

Um… not quite sure how to take that… I agree completely about Sketchup (especially with you both first recommending it, then recommending against it… which is just how I feel), but this is far from my “first project of this magnitude.” I use only rough stock purchased from a “real” lumberyard… and I actually think this little chest will be rather straightforward to build :-)

I’m planning a fully finished back (3 panels, just like the front). I will probably just finish up working out the major proportions and then proceed planless… after all, I don’t think there are many surprises in this piece… (heck, the case isn’t even dovetailed and the turnings could be done with a dull spoon…)

:-)

—Thiel

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#6 posted 01-23-2011 03:44 AM

Obviously, I’m on the fence about SketchUp. Sorry to inflict my conflict on you. I need to learn it, so any project is a good place to start, but I’m already comfortable with AutoCAD. Either way, you need to do what is right for you. Also, for some reason, I thought this was your first piece of furniture. If that’s not the case, then I apologize. Just trying to help a fellow LJ…

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#7 posted 01-23-2011 04:28 AM

No worries… this will be about my tenth furniture project.

I feel the same way about SketchUp. I feel like it could be great, but I really don’t want to invest the time….. which is how I feel about exercise, education, women, and religion!

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#8 posted 01-23-2011 05:34 AM

Don’t have any plans, but probably can find some using a “shaker” or “Amish” search string. I draw my own out using the old paper-on-the-drafting-board technique. As for woods, I think walnut or oak would look good. Quarter sawn white oak would really stand out on something like that IMHO if you don’t want it too dark.

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