Project 9 - Cedar-lined Sweater Chest, in Pine

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Project by Richard B posted 12-07-2014 11:14 PM 2122 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed in 2013, this chest was built to solve a problem that we were having with moths eating holes in our favorite sweaters. It is a simple dovetailed pine box lined in cedar, and finished with BLO then several coats of shellac & one coat of wax. The chest was made from shop scrap by gluing up a bunch of rustic pine boards into panels. The interior of the case is lined with aromatic cedar. The top is a floating panel with a center groove running along each side, set into a matching groove in the inside edge of the lid. Made entirely by hand, no power tools for this project. Bevel up jack plane, rip and crosscut carcase saws, chisels, a rasp, and a plow plane were the main tools used. Overall, it came out well, looks good in our bedroom, and gets frequent use.

The two things I would like to have done differently here were: (1) the orientation of the boards for the top panel looked nice, but leads to too much wood movement on the right and left sides of the top. However, this was a project built from scraps, so I did what I could with what I had. (2) the handles look too clunky for my taste. I should have spent more time on shaping them to get a better end result.

-- Richard B, Birmingham Alabama

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#1 posted 12-08-2014 03:37 AM

Really nice job Richard

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#2 posted 12-08-2014 06:30 AM

Love the color, nice work.

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#3 posted 07-19-2017 12:46 PM

You say all handtools. Did you cut the lid of the box from the bottom using handtools?

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