Contemporary Chest

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Project by huff posted 05-30-2009 02:32 AM 4596 views 12 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of my favorite projects…..Did strictly because of the challenge. My insperation for this chest was from making bandsaw boxes (I’ll display a few of them later). Trust me, this one wasn’t done on the band saw.

-- John @

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#1 posted 05-30-2009 02:55 AM

Looks fascinating. How big is it and how did you make it?

-- Kate,

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#2 posted 05-30-2009 02:56 AM

Welcome huff!! Nice looking box, love the wood. So what machines did you use? Looks deceptively like a Band Saw box.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#3 posted 05-30-2009 03:04 AM

I’m interested in this as well. I see your avatar is you standing next to one. Do you have more pics, maybe with the drawers open. Give us the rundown on this thing wouldya. Welcome to LJ’s

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 05-30-2009 03:05 AM

That is an awesome chest…is the wood Ambrosia Maple? Love the handles.

-- Vince

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#5 posted 05-30-2009 03:11 AM

Hey John
This a great chest great idea and cool design super build


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#6 posted 05-30-2009 03:26 AM

all info , welcome ,
to you .
and for us .
nice work !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 05-30-2009 03:38 AM

Thanks for the Comments. I posted a couple more pictures showing it as I was building it. The Chest is about 48” wide x 40”tall x 24” deep. I built a form first to use to bend the plywood around. I did a total of 3 layers of bendable plywood, the outside layer for the overall shape, then two more layers to make the inner shell. I laid up solid Ambrosia Maple for the front and back and veneered the case. The drawer fronts where cut from the solid front so the grain would follow through. Even though the handles where from different boards, I tried to blend the grain as close as possible. Behind the two drawer fronts are actually 5 dovetailed drawers of different sizes ( 3 in the top section and 2 in the bottom section) I’ll try to find a picture with the drawers open and post that.

-- John @

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#8 posted 05-30-2009 03:51 AM


At first glance I thought- “what a neat band saw box but why is that doll standing behind it!” Then I realized that’s YOU! and this is a full sized piece!!

Great Job!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 05-30-2009 04:45 AM

That looks to be a real challenge. A lady that had that full of jewelry would be truly happy.

And I truly love ambrosia maple. I made my kitchen in New Jersey from Ambrosia maple panels and solid maple for the stile and rails.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 05-30-2009 06:16 AM

Wow, great work! Was size your challenge?

Tony Ward

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#11 posted 05-30-2009 11:08 AM

Absolutely fabulous!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#12 posted 05-30-2009 01:10 PM

Well having more then one picture show up on my computer of this project adds to the WOW factor

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#13 posted 05-30-2009 01:16 PM

very cool…well done…

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#14 posted 05-30-2009 04:08 PM

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!! I’d like to see more pictures—-Maybe do a full blown blog
Curved projects are certainly a challenge. Great job.


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#15 posted 05-31-2009 08:28 AM

I was sitting at a craft show last December and had a number of my band saw boxes on display. A lady and her daughter walked up and asked if I could do something similar in a chest of drawers scale. Thinking of the band saw process I told her it wouldn’t be possible. Well, with the typical band saw process I was correct. However, you proved me wrong on the scale.

I haven’t done any wood bending but am now seriously considering it. Can you imagine a Cetacean Migration pattern done on this scale? Wow!

Keep up the great work!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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