Pekovich Inspired Kumiko Tea Chest

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Project by Chris posted 01-21-2020 01:42 PM 528 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working my way through some of the smaller projects from MP’s book. This one ended up as a gift for my mother in law and was well-received. Made primarily from quartersawn white oak with walnut drawer details and basswood kumiko. The case features proud dovetails and the kumiko front panel slides in grooves to allow access to both sides of the chest.

-- Never half-ass two things; whole-ass one thing. Chris

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#1 posted 01-21-2020 02:12 PM

Liking this build alot. Much eye-candy with the joinery and so forth.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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#2 posted 01-21-2020 03:05 PM

I like the look and function of this piece. I may have to try something similar. Thanks for posting it.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#3 posted 01-21-2020 04:03 PM

Love this. I did a few tea trays in December. Nice kumiko and I love the color contrast.

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#4 posted 01-21-2020 04:12 PM

Very classic and clean build.
The proud dovetails and the basswood kumiko sliding panel are great features.
Beautiful piece and I’m sure you M.I.L. loves it!

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#5 posted 01-21-2020 11:41 PM

Thank you for the comments. This was a fun build, and for such a small piece had some interesting challenges.

-- Never half-ass two things; whole-ass one thing. Chris

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#6 posted 01-22-2020 12:37 AM

My son Sean bought me Michael PEKOVICH’S Book for Christmas and as soon as I looked at your wonderful tea chest I could see his influence immediately.

-- James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 01-22-2020 04:38 AM

Very nice! One of these days, like maybe my next lifetime, I’ll work up to G&G style dovetails. I’m looking at Kumiko as a sooner-rather-than-later thing to add to my project list. Even the wife likes it, though she donated the Shoji screen one of our neighbors gave us when they moved. :( Not certain I’ll live long enough…

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#8 posted 01-22-2020 11:24 AM

Chris, That is a beautiful thing. Thank you for posting. I am currently working on boxes to hold tea.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 01-22-2020 01:45 PM

That is so classy in so many ways. Mike is my idol, and you totally nailed it. I also have that same tea pot! And coffee maker that’s in the background! What a sweet project and inspiration to me to give it a try! It looks like you did some fantastic kumiko work as well!

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#10 posted 01-23-2020 01:22 PM

Lovely set, what a joy to drink tea like that.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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