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Project by JoLe17 posted 07-20-2020 06:02 AM 672 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this chest mainly during a class at Roy Underhill’s Wooodwright’s School. It is completely done with hand tools, and I think I’m finally getting the hang of doing decent hand cut dovetails. The class (Benchwork Week) is 5 days long, and is really excellent for honing your hand tool skills.

The chest is made of poplar, and I originally intended to use a (historically accurate) milk paint finish on it. However, I rather like the joinery, and milk paint is thick enough to cover up the details, so in the end I decided to use a clear Danish oil finish. I thought that the varying color of the poplar might be a problem, but I’m pleased with how it actually turned out.

By the way, I got the hardware from Peter Ross, a blacksmith near Roy’s shop who works entirely with 18th century techniques. So both the chest and the hardware are hand made.

-- JoLe17





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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 07-20-2020 01:20 PM

Very nice!

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

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theoldfart

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#2 posted 07-20-2020 03:15 PM

Good job on the chest, you’ll have fun fitting the interior. And then you get to fill it with vintage tools!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 07-20-2020 04:33 PM

Good looking chest, tryin to figure out what you did with the lids corner joinery? Nothing wrong with Poplar:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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23tony

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#4 posted 07-20-2020 08:01 PM

Very nice work!

I’m jealous you got to attend Roy’s classes – last time I checked there was a 2-year waiting list!

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#5 posted 07-21-2020 06:54 PM

Very nice clean work. I built a very similar one a few years ago from a plan in a FWW magazine. My wife wanted a storage chest for our bedroom and liked the design so I upsized it and added a sliding tray. Some of that poplar looks a lot like walnut!

-- Darrel

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JoLe17

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#6 posted 07-24-2020 08:09 PM



Good looking chest, tryin to figure out what you did with the lids corner joinery? Nothing wrong with Poplar:)

- Andre

Thanks, Andre.
The top is standard frame and panel joinery. The somewhat unusual part is the haunched mortise and tenon joinery of the frame. It’s probably overkill for this project, but it adds some visual interest. You can see a picture of it here: https://fbyaakov.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/mortten_large_haunched.gif since I can’t figure out how to paste a picture in this thing. Of course, in the tool box lid, the shallow mortise that takes the haunch is carried through the entire length of the frame, so that the panel fits into the same mortise. Hope this helps.

- Jonathan

-- JoLe17

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Andre

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#7 posted 07-25-2020 03:47 AM

Sort of what I figuired, what are the dimensions? Poplar looks real good shelacced:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 08-04-2020 04:34 PM

Hey Andre, sorry for the delay in responding. Dimensions are 18×13x13.

-- JoLe17

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#9 posted 08-04-2020 05:23 PM

Great chest and I agree with not painting it with milk paint.
Great job on the dovetails. Now to start filling it…$$$.
Jon

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