Oak Panel Chest

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Project by BenDupre posted 01-25-2017 05:41 AM 1170 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Frame and panel chest from red oak and oak plywood. All stub tenon construction. Tongue and dado end joints. Pocket screws attach the bottom to the carcass. Facegrain walnut pins are purely decorative, done to match the styling of our bedroom set. Aromatic cedar shiplap lining. Stain is a mixture of Minwax red mahogany and special walnut. Satin poly topcoats.

Some construction details below.

Scrapped together a quick taper jig to snip off the legs.

Using a bow to scribe a curve in the lower apron

Setup to cut stub tenons. Also used this setup to rabbet the 1/2 inch panels, and the legs.

Stub tenons all day long.

Side panel glue ups.

Decorative walnut pegs.

Making bead molding

Miles and miles of bead molding

It is very true what they say about clamps.

No one will ever see these hideous pocket screws under here!

I like this cove detail. I was trying to copy the styling of my existing store-bought bedroom furniture.

Topping it all off!

With a little finish.

Cedar Safe ship-lap aromatic cedar lining.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#1 posted 01-25-2017 08:39 AM

I made a chest similar to yours

If you ever make another one, you gotta check out these hinges from rockler. They stay open at any angle, so they lid can never slam on you. Kinda nifty.

Also, why did you use pocket holes attaching the bottom? I used tongue and groove, so the tongue on the bottom fit in the groove on the side pieces.

Anyways, great job on the chest. I really like the aromatic cedar you put on the sides of the inside. I only did the bottom. Kinda wish I have done the sides too.

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#2 posted 01-25-2017 02:31 PM

Trevor Thanks!
I so wanted to use those hinges but my top is 17 lb and the math said I needed three. I just didnt want to spend $90 on hinges. In the end the brass stays I used work pretty well and frankly the lid stays closed 99.99 % of the time. I pocket screwed the bottom just to be quick and easy. You can build anything with those pocket screws but it feels like cheating I know. I actually debated myself if I was going to do stub tenons or chop actual mortises in the stiles. I would like to do more frame pannel furniture I just don’t need any around the house right now.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#3 posted 01-25-2017 02:36 PM

Very nice, job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 01-25-2017 03:46 PM

looks great

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#5 posted 01-25-2017 03:52 PM

This is a beautiful chest and so nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-25-2017 04:06 PM

Very nice chest, looks great.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 01-25-2017 04:26 PM

That is a great looking chest. Nice description of how it was build as well, which is always appreciated. Thanks for sharing.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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