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Forum topic by kcackler posted 12-22-2012 01:25 AM 597 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2012 01:25 AM

Long story short, I do a lot of home renovation type woodworking as well as smaller projects like cutting boards, shelves, etc…This weekend I’m aiming to start on a medium sized chest for my wife but don’t have a clue where to start. Are there any plans available online that will walk me through best practices for chest type joinery? Of course I can build a rectangular box with lumber and nails, but I would like to explore using other, more proper techniques.

I hope this post makes some sort of sense. Essentially, I want to know where I can go to learn about what techniques to use when building this type of furniture, as well as hopefully find plans that are already designed with this task in mind.


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#1 posted 12-22-2012 01:29 AM

Hi,

I’m in the early learning stages. I’ve found good plans on Plans Now and Woodsmith. ShopNotes also seems to have really good plans. Might be a place to start.

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#2 posted 12-22-2012 01:31 AM

Oops, duplicate post

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#3 posted 12-22-2012 01:33 AM

Have you tried Youtube? Lots and lots of how to build a chest, how to build a box, how to build a… Lowes has a how to build a chest and you can download the plans from their site. Surprising what a little searching can get you.

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#4 posted 12-22-2012 01:53 AM

There are lots and lots of plans out there. Look at websites for all of the major woodworking magazines, Wood, Pop Woodworking, Am Woodworker, Fine Woodworking, etc., etc.. They all have some free plans and many more for sale. Good plans are well worth the money especially when you are just starting out. They can mean the difference between endless hours of frustration or a nice finished product. Most are downloadable, so you can start right away.

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#5 posted 12-22-2012 03:52 AM

Plans are good, but I promise you’ll really feel better about that chest if you wing it. Not having detailed plans will cause mistakes, some are design altering mistakes that take you in new directions that you could never have planned. You’ll figure things out and reinvent the wheel a few times too. I’ve found that just making a base or a lid for a chest first will inspire a completely new design. You’ll build the chest to fit the lid, or the base will take on a life of it’s own and it will be so obvious what this should look like. It’s really a lot of fun and I encourage you to try it.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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kcackler

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#6 posted 12-22-2012 03:54 AM

Thanks for your advice, everyone. I’m really not looking for a step by step, but rather a “Here is the type of joint you use on this spot and why” type of advice.

I will explore some of the options you’ve posted.

Thanks again.

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#7 posted 12-22-2012 03:56 AM

corners are always a problem on chests, you can hide them in supports, or you can expose them for miters, or fancy joinery. I like the bold miter, done right it can give the chest a sleekness and it doesn’t take away from the beauty of the wood.

What kind of wood do you plan to use?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#8 posted 12-22-2012 03:57 AM

Haven’t decided just yet. Going to the lumber yard tomorrow.

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#9 posted 12-22-2012 03:59 AM

If you live in a major metropolitan area, try and find some local sawyers, you can get walnut for under 3.50$ BF. It’s 7.00$ BF in lumber stores. Sawyers usually keep some good hardwoods on hand.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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kcackler

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#10 posted 12-22-2012 03:59 AM

Unfortunately we’re in a pretty rural area. We’ve got a few lumber yards though, so I’ll shop around and hopefully find an OK deal.

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#11 posted 12-22-2012 04:03 AM

I usually will start with the base of the chest and work up. If you plan to use boards like 1×4’s for the body, make sure the glue ups are straight and plumb. They tend to creep as the chest gets higher. If you do panels then plywood is your best bet, get ready for some sticker shock on plywood. Also check out the cedar closet liner at the lumber yard, makes it smell nice on the inside.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#12 posted 12-22-2012 12:03 PM

i just built a toybox—-blanketchest with no fancy joints…think it came out good…in my projects.

There are lots of them on here use the” search” to find them ..thats what i did..

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#13 posted 12-22-2012 01:02 PM

I am with Russell. I tend to wing it. No two pieces are ever alike.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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