Oak Rib Chest

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Blog entry by JRL posted 07-05-2011 10:25 AM 4749 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once I got into an “This is only an experiment” approach to woodworking, I broke through some kind of barrier and started having fun. Besides, much of the wood I’ve been working with was either given to me or bought at a very reasonable price.
I was given a load of old poplar wood tongue and groove flooring. Had no idea what I could do with it until I cleaned it up and thought about its advantages—namely, the show surface had worn to a real antique roughness and the wood is very light. By sticking a piece of rounded oak trim between a couple boards I got a great idea for an experiment. After removing all the old t&g, I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

#1 panel pieces routered for banding with oak trim

#2 glued with oak ribbing (clamps and cauls for all panel glue-ups)

#3 panels glued to corner braces

#4 trim attached. I staggered the miter joint to avoid gouge-sensitive miter tips. (It may not actually help, but hey, I feel better about it.)

#5 assembled lid and attached spring hinges

#6 calendar glued to the underside—my personal style of dating my pieces

#7 Almost there

#8 Handles complete

#9 Showtime (I eventually waxed all surfaces)

-- Jay in Changsha

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#1 posted 07-05-2011 03:21 PM

That is a creative way to take advantage of the patina on that wood. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 07-06-2011 03:49 AM

VERY nice chest. The recycled poplar really goes with the oak. I would not have thought this would work but you made it work beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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