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134 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: mulechest hand tool mennonite wedding chest question pine walnut plane joining rustic shaker

This recent post by C. Schwarz has reminded that I promised to build a chest (exactly like the one pictured) for a friend’s wedding this summer.

For the floor of the top compartment, I was planning to glue/nail some thin battens around the inside perimeter and let the board rest on that but I’m wondering if in antique examples, the board is set into dadoes at the ends (like a 6 board chest or bookshelf).

I’m using only solid wood and hand tools, so I’m hoping someone here has access to an antique example of this style of chest -rather than just guesses.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain


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#1 posted 134 days ago

I don’t have enough experience to properly respond to what your asking for. This is a modern example of one of the joints you will likely use alot of.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiGJuW9nlZQ

If you have seen it I apologize. He uses pine which is easy to cut but his skill is top notch. I’d recommend you watching more of him and his hand tool experience.

Paul

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#2 posted 134 days ago

Peter Follansbee showed one of his chests on the The Woodwright’s Shop and the small compartment was fit into dadoes.

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#3 posted 134 days ago

Thanks guys.

Mostly what I’m interested in is the flat bottom of the main (top) compartment -the board that separates the chest portion from the drawers. I’ve seen tons of photos of the outsides of these dovetailed mulechests but no shots of that particular interior detail.

Cheers,
Paul

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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