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Project by FestusHaagen posted 07-19-2020 04:51 AM 1040 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I walked into the local hardwood store and saw this outstanding piece of Brazilian Cherry. When I got it home I ask my wife what I should make and she suggested a Cedar chest. I had been wanting a Lee Dovetailing Jig so that’s one way to get a new tool. The Lee Jig will handle a piece 16 inches tall so that is the height of the chest. I found some 1/4” cedar plywood to line the sides and bottom. In addition to the brass hinges on the lid I attached a soft close hinge so no fingers are accidentally smashed. Solid brass handles were attached to ether end, however, they are mainly for decoration. Brazilian Cherry is fairly heavy so you might pull the handles of trying to lift the chest with anything inside.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho





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Dutchy

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#1 posted 07-19-2020 07:00 AM

When I saw the first picture I thought you dare, and than I saw the crosswise inside. But I still find the lid despite the cross bars exciting with regard to warping and/or tearing. Of course, it also depends on the regional climate and the degree of dryness of the wood. The future will tell, or has already done so.

BTW Nice chest.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 07-19-2020 10:31 AM

Love the sides… It’s just a shame the dovetails are disguised by the figuring…


... When I got it home I ask my wife what I should make…
- FestusHaagen

Sounds like your SWMBO is understanding… My ex told me, path to the front door!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Eric

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#3 posted 07-19-2020 01:01 PM

Great project, nicely done.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Madmark2

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#4 posted 07-19-2020 01:18 PM

Jatoba doesn’t warp or tear much at all.

I made a 1×1x2 strongbox out of 10 bf of 5/4 jatoba that was 85 lbs empty. That beautiful box of yours has to be closer to 150# empty. No one will single handedly run off with it that’s for sure.

I can’t wait to see what that will look like in a couple years after it darkens. Nice work that will last a lifetime (or two)!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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drewpy

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#5 posted 07-19-2020 02:09 PM

Looks great. Well done.

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

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FestusHaagen

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#6 posted 07-19-2020 04:13 PM

Dutchy, You are correct to worry about warping, especially with Brazilian cherry. That stuff has a mind of its own, and if not dried correctly will turn into a pretzel. We must live in an area where warpage is not such a big problem. Our humidity goes from 8% in summer to about 30% in winter. The box on that chest is made from 2 boards, the widest was 12 inches. The only thing I have detected to indicate movement was a hairline crack at one of the dovetails. I have built three of these chests from that same batch of wood and have not experienced any problems with warpage. I guess that material was dried correctly.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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FestusHaagen

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#7 posted 07-19-2020 05:36 PM

Madmark2 Your comments got me to doing a little research. Jatoba is known as Brazilian Cherry. It has a density of 57#/cubic ft. and a hardness on the Janka scale of 2350. That is very close to Osage Orange (2400). Density can be variable depending on the water content of the wood. So, if you had 10 sq. f.t of wood, is that 47.5 #? I am trying to get an idea what my chest would weigh without putting it on a scale.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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Madmark2

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#8 posted 07-19-2020 06:10 PM

10 bf of 5/4 is 25% heavier. It also had four 3” four-bolt wheels, two dozen stainless 2” 1/4-20 allen cap screws, handle and lock on it. The 85# was a guess based on two of us trying to get it off the ground.

Then the customer used it as an ammo store. You about needed a forklift to get it to budge.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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FestusHaagen

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#9 posted 07-19-2020 07:35 PM

That would add a lot of weight to the box for sure. I guess I will have to break out the scale, as my curiosity is going.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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