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Project by Lenny posted 07-13-2019 06:28 PM 675 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my build of Steve Latta’s Pennsylvania Spice Box as presented in issue #196, Jan/Feb 2008, of Fine Woodworking magazine. While the magazine article provides detailed illustrations and numbers, I purchased the full set of plans available through the Taunton Store. They are quality plans that provide many “to scale” images as well as a full cut list. On the front of the plans there is a skill level indicator with “advanced” checked off. I’d say it is accurate.

Although small in stature, this is essentially a miniature piece of furniture. The four boards that make up the carcass of the box are joined via hand cut dovetails as are the 12 drawers. Other challenges include replicating the crown molding, making and using a scratch stock to form a bead around an arched door frame and the most tedious task of all, inlaying line and berry work into the door panel. The spice box has a hidden drawer and compartment. I do not know how many hours I have into the project but I know I started it last June so it took me more than a year to complete taking into account holidays, vacation time, and household DIY tasks.
Like Latta, I made the box from walnut with poplar as the secondary wood. Latta veneered walnut burl to the drawer fronts of all but the center drawer. For that one he used what I believe is madrone burl. I opted to only veneer the center drawer and for that I chose lacewood. The box finishes out at 11 inches deep by 14-1/4 inches wide and 21-5/16 inches tall. The hardware is from Horton Brasses. The finish is four coats of garnet shellac followed by an application of Howard Feed ‘N Wax using #0000 steel wool. The garnet shellac is a wonderful complement to the walnut. The tone looks so rich and helps to blend lighter shades with the darker.
Latta built his box as a commemorative 10th anniversary gift to his wife. While I am a year late, mine is a gift to my wife commemorating our 40th.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI





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Woodenwizard

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#1 posted 07-13-2019 06:52 PM

Lenny; As always impecable craftmanship. Love the stringing.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 07-13-2019 07:18 PM

Wow you are good! Love the workmanship!

-- Petey

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#3 posted 07-13-2019 08:42 PM

Wow that will definitely be an heirloom. What an incredible amount of work went into this piece. Hard to believe this didn’t get a DT3, it certainly deserves one.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#4 posted 07-14-2019 12:58 AM

Beautiful work, Lenny! Lots of work in that one, and it all looks great.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#5 posted 07-14-2019 01:32 AM

Excellent work. Great inlay and dovetail work.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 07-14-2019 01:48 AM

Thanks everyone.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 07-14-2019 03:18 AM

Nice work. Great craftsmanship.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#8 posted 07-14-2019 03:57 AM

Beautiful piece Lenny, from top to bottom.
And definitely worthy of the Top 3 Award!

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#9 posted 07-14-2019 05:30 AM

Fantastic in everyway, from every angle!

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#10 posted 07-14-2019 06:10 AM

Magnificant , profesionaly made carpenter’s details.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 07-14-2019 11:59 AM

Lenny,
The craftsmanship on this is impeccable, a masterpiece of skills and your aquired knowledge & dedication to woodworking. Excellent is a bit of an understatement.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 07-14-2019 01:22 PM

This is magnificent, Lenny. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#13 posted 07-14-2019 01:46 PM

From all photos in this post this is remarkable from every perspective ! Beautiful and well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#14 posted 07-14-2019 02:16 PM

Many thanks to all for kind comments.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#15 posted 07-14-2019 03:48 PM

Hey Lenny, me again – commented earlier, this time sending a well deserved CONGRATULAIONS for number 1 on the top list.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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