Raised panels chest #1: Raised Panels Jewelry chest with inlays

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Blog entry by lanwater posted 07-02-2010 09:02 PM 3259 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This chest is a class project I did. The design is not mine; the instructor (Jim Vice) provided this design. It took many hours to build and covers many woodworking techniques.

It is currently not quite finished yet. I still have to make walnut plugs and cover those screw holes, secure the top, chose some know (I am thinking brass) and of course apply a finish.

We primarily used Ash throughout. The drawer dividers, back and bottom are plywood. I chose sapele for the drawer front inlays. Some of the classmate used sapele or mahogany for the raised panel with very pleasing results.

Drawer construction is all on the table saw with drawer lock joinery. A ¼ inch dado stack was used to cut the dados and grooves. The drawer dividers ride in a dado along the panels.

The drawer fronts were fitted individually in order to get a good fit. To make the inlays, we made plywood jigs with the pattern, cut some 1/8 material on the band saw.

We used a palm router with 1/8 inlay bit for the small fronts and ¼ bit with a plunge router for the larger fronts (more material to take out). Glue the inlays on then took it to the drum sander.

The raised panels were cut on a router and on a shaper. The shaper is really efficient for this kind of work. Once setup correctly you could feed a number of panels without a problem.
We made The panels a little oversized the cut them to final size on the table saw.

I will post the finished product wheen I apply a good finish. I have no idea what to use. Suggestion are welcomed.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 07-02-2010 10:19 PM

That is very nice. I really like it!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 07-02-2010 10:26 PM

Looks like you are learning a lot with this project… I sometime wish I had gone to a school to learn about woodworking but then the journey would not have been filled with so many surprises… LOL

-- Be safe.

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#3 posted 07-02-2010 10:58 PM

Thanks Toolz.

Larry: about 3 weeks ago Jim (my teach) ask us to think what we learnerd in class and discuss it briefly in the next class, especially safety. The following week I said nothing during the discussion and he was staring at me. He goes “what about you”. I handed him 4 pages of stuff I learned in the 4 classes I took so far. He smilled…

Although I read so many articles books and watch so many videos, nothing beats hands on.

I yet have to learn the most important of all: Slow down and Patience.
I have done a lot of projects but none came out the way I wanted it just because I am in a hurry to finish.

Thanks for looking.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 07-03-2010 09:52 AM

That’s a great chest I’m sure it will be loved by your childrens’ children you have learnt some good skills in the making like the inlay, I’m really interested can you tell me did you use an inlay kit with different bush sizes for cutting the pocket & the insert? I love mixing woods. I know what you mean about patience that also is a skill we woodworkers are like kids at Christmas we have to get that inspiration out the next step is the one i’ve always found the hardest (and boring in some ways)but possibly the most satisfying if it turns out well…Finishing
Best to you

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#5 posted 07-06-2010 06:56 AM

The bushing has a removeable ring. like this one:

I cut the pocket with the ring on the removed the ring to cut the insert.
Thanks for looking!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 09-13-2010 06:17 PM

That is an awesome looking chest and love the inlays. Hands on learning is good and boy have you learned. The instructor in your course must be talented as this project touches on a lot of different skills in woodworking. Keep up the good work joec

-- 2Xsurvivor joec in SoCal

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#7 posted 09-14-2010 07:40 AM

Thanks 2Xsurvivor.

Jim, the instructor, is indeed very talented, resoucefull and love what he does.

I have not completed this project yet. I am still undecided about what finish to apply.
I am still looking for small sapele knobs. my wife does not the brass ones.

Thanks for looking.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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