Wormy Chestnut Shaker Chest (was linen press)

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Blog series by Bertha updated 02-03-2013 02:21 PM 4 parts 43622 reads 148 comments total

Part 1: Milling the stock

02-17-2012 02:37 PM by Bertha | 33 comments »

I was fortunate enough to buy a few hundered board feet of wormy chestnut from a fellow in the woods of West Virginia. I figure there’s 150 to 200bf usable. Metal detected and got (hopefully) all the metal out.. .I stickered it to 11% and began the laborious process of jointing (PM 6” w/ Global knives) and resawing it (3tpi Lenox hook on 20” Rockwell). While I’m waiting on a new bandsaw blade (made it about 100bf), I think I’ve got enough wood to start the botto...

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Part 2: Planing the lower carcass stock

02-23-2012 12:54 AM by Bertha | 40 comments »

I began bringing down the 7/8” to 3/4” for the lower carcass. Us guys with tiny shops have to make do:)..Some of the surfaces are really intriguing. I’ve got some difficult decisions to make......Getting there…...

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Part 3: Gluing up panels

05-02-2012 04:57 PM by Bertha | 43 comments »

Got started gluing up panels for the lower carcass. The grain is VERY busy and much of the wood is in rough shape. I handplaned one panel until flat and it measured 11/16”, so the rest of the boards go back through the planer at this setting. .When you don’t have a proper bench yet, you make do:)..I power jointed everything, then sprung it with the jointer plane & glued up:..Flatten with the jointer:..Jack with jacks..Smooth with smoothers/scrape with scrapers. .side panels...

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Part 4: From panels to completion

02-03-2013 02:21 PM by Bertha | 32 comments »

Miscalculated the waste on one, so proud board needs to be planed (after I put away the planer).

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