Cedar Chest

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Project by SplashMaster posted 08-11-2020 09:35 PM 467 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

After my last chest build I was quickly asked by another friend to make a couple of small chest for her boys.

These chests were made from Eastern Red Cedar boards that I glued up into panels. Approximately the dimensions of the boxes are 24” long X 12” wide X 14” tall. The comers of the boxes are mitered and reinforced with three dove tail splines per corner that was cut out on the router table, which gives a subtle illusion of dove tailed joints. I used V bit in the router to carve the names into the front panels before assembling the boxes. The bottom of the chest is ¼” plywood set into dadoes and the foot profile was cut strait out of the cedar panels.

The lids of the boxes are hinged on a dowel rod the comes out of the side of the box and into the brace on the underside of the lid. To achieve the opening rotation of the lid a had to rout a 3/8” round over on the back of the chest box. Hinging the lid this way stops it from opening past 90 degrees and allows it to stay open without any other supports or stops.

For finishing I went with a water based satin clear finish (I learned that oil based finish doesn’t work on cedar a while back) and left the inside unfinished so they could enjoy the cedar aroma.

I really like the look and smell of these cedar chest, but cedar is not the most pleasurable wood to work. I had a lot of board that started splitting when the humidity dropped, but I was able to get it all done with what I picked up for the lumber yard. (Thank goodness for the extra board lol)

Thanks for stopping by,

Matthew Stillwell

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#1 posted 08-12-2020 03:03 AM

Beautiful timber and lovely boxes sir!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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