Chest for Christmas

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 12-22-2017 09:30 PM 831 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished the chest order I had for a Christmas present. It’s just a simple chest but for some reason, it really gave me a work out. I started by making the panels for sides, bottom. Normally I would have used tongue and groove but with the time I had to build it, I had to rely on the kreg jig. All panel parts are also glued. For assembly I sunk the screws and filled with a dowel rod and sanded smooth. Holds good and gives it a nice touch. To hide the kreg screws I lined the inside with oak plywood. The ends are recessed in 3/4 inch and I used cove trim around the edges. I chose no kreg screws on the lid and used runners to hold the boards firm. Instead of a flat board top I added a border and extended the front out for a lift. The lift tray is made with a boxed portion that is made with no hinge. I used two metal pins from the sides and also hidden with a dowel. The stain is red oak and three coats of gloss polyurethane. Unfortunately I couldn’t use my Son to photograph it and show the detail. I had to rely on my own photography. I even had to take the pictures in my messy shop. I hung an old sheet to hide most of the mess. Thanks for looking.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 12-22-2017 09:32 PM

VERY impressive! Great job on this.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 12-22-2017 09:38 PM

Awesome job Jeff! I bet your client was happy!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 12-22-2017 09:42 PM

That’s a nice looking chest, Jeff. Sometimes it’s the “simple” stuff that gives us the most trouble. Good job sticking with it and getting it done.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 12-22-2017 09:49 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. Ken, he picked it up last night and was really happy. I was too then.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 12-22-2017 09:52 PM

Looks like a fine job Jeff. The inside is very impressive too. I like those kreg screws, they really come in handy for some projects.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 12-22-2017 09:57 PM

I like it. More complex than mine. I want to try a panel chest next year.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-22-2017 10:17 PM

Really nice Jeff! I like the way the tray lid works. I’ll have to keep that in mind for future use.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#8 posted 12-22-2017 10:20 PM

Hey Jeff your hard work really shows in the finished project. You can be proud to have made this chest. Some of the projects seem to take forever when we are doing them. But oh the feeling when they come out so well. Good job. Now on to the next challenge.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#9 posted 12-22-2017 10:26 PM

Nicely done.

Many things turn out harder than they should be for unknown reasons!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#10 posted 12-22-2017 11:35 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I appreciate them. Dave Kreg screws do come in handy. They work well but the trick is hiding the holes. :-) Monte, thanks. Your “four sisters” were amazingly beautiful. Duck, I did this on a box a few years ago and liked it. Give it a try. Vernon, Yea, I was glad to finish this one. I have already started my next challenge, restoring an estwing hatchet for a friend of my Sons. ralbuck, so true. Some projects just seem to say, “your going to work this one”. Thanks everyone!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 12-23-2017 02:48 AM

i love this fine looking chest ….GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#12 posted 12-23-2017 03:08 AM

That is one fine looking chest. What an awesome Christmas gift!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 12-23-2017 11:38 AM

Maybe looks simple outside, but inside looks pretty complex – very good work -there are no easy chest projects!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 12-23-2017 02:23 PM

Great looking chest, Jeff! Count me as a fan of the sliding tray with the flip top covered section. Is the inside finished, just not stained? I like the contrast. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 12-23-2017 02:30 PM

Jeff, you did a fine job on this Christmas chest. It’s nicely finished and I like the quality.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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