Canted Double Sea Chest...Sort of.

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Project by djg posted 04-13-2015 10:08 AM 1544 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was time to redecorate the living room and inject some color. We needed something practical, something somewhat traditional/historical, yet practical and looking a little modern…and had to have storage.

After reading a recent article about cutting compound dovetails in FWW I decided on a sea chest. The typical rectangular dimensionality of the sea chest didn’t lend itself well to our space so I decided on a square kind of “Double” sea chest. The sides are joined using all hand cut dovetails. The T&G bottom is housed in a dado. Having a hinge on this chest posed a couple of issues. First, the canted sides would prevent the top from opening all the way. The top is heavy and I was afraid about it pinching small hands. Anyways, I made this cantilevered/parallel hinge which works well. The milk painted sides give it a more traditional look and and the natural birch top give it some modern flair. After a couple of weeks inside, the wood has shrunk enough that you can now see the dovetails again. I was worried that the paint would hide all of my dovetail work but I guess now.

-- DJG

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#1 posted 04-13-2015 11:57 AM

Looks great. Could you rotate the chest so that when you open the top it also works as a tv tray?? I’ve seen a few coffee tables like that and have considered making one.

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#2 posted 04-13-2015 12:01 PM

That is where I got the idea. It could easily be used in this fashion.

-- DJG

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