Blanket Chest #2: Dovetail Base or Plinth

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 12-14-2015 05:29 AM 1964 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Wormy Maple Shaker Style Blanket Chest Part 2 of Blanket Chest series Part 3: Base Cleats and Case Ship-Lap Bottom »

With the dovetails cut both the tail and pin boards, I did a dry fit. These boards went together with ease. The photo below shows how well these joints fitted together.

Before I can glue these base parts together I must design the curves for the front and back and then the sides. I did that design on a piece of 1/4 inch thick MDF.

I cut out those templates on my bandsaw. Then I sanded the edges smooth. Once I was satisfied with the templates I positioned them on the wormy maple parts and pencil marked the curves on those parts. Once again I cut the curves on the bandsaw by staying away from the pencil line. I then used double-side carpet tape to hold the template on the wormy maple part. The with a flush pattern router bit in my router and the router in my router table I carefully routed the curves smooth.

After sanding these parts, I clamped and glued the base or plinth together.

I was curious to see how the chest’s case would fit within the base as well as how the lid with the trim pieces would look all together so I staged it for a photograph. That’s it below.


My next steps will be to glue two boards together in order to make the thick lid trim parts. Also I determined I had enough scrap wormy maple boards leftover to make the case’s bottom. Here I am deviating from the original Shaker plan that used one wide board for the case’s bottom. Instead, to take care of wood expansion with the change of seasons, I will design my chest bottom with ship-lapped boards.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 12-14-2015 11:08 AM

That is going to look soooo nice.

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#2 posted 12-15-2015 03:31 AM

Nice work. I look forward to seeing it with finish.

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