Britt's Chest

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Project by jm82435 posted 02-28-2008 06:00 AM 2968 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a Christmas Present for my niece. You may recognize the “Leigh isoloc” joints, which I guess they sort of are… I was too cheap to buy the dovetail jig and template so I made my own… It was a fun project. It is made from solid red oak and lined with cedar. The oak was kind of rough. My sister bought a truckload of this oak from a mill back east somewhere when they were building a lodge near Yellowstone National Park. Not the highest grade, you can see some of it was spalted. (the price was right – did I mention I’m cheap?) See comments below for pictures of the jig I used..

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#1 posted 02-28-2008 06:19 AM

Love those dovetail joints. Leigh jig? very nice work.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 02-28-2008 07:50 AM

Good looking chest- I too live the joinery. Cheap is good.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 02-28-2008 08:54 AM

Couldn’t help but notice those joints, very unique, very nice work. Some of my best projects were done on the cheap. I like the cedar on the inside.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#4 posted 02-28-2008 12:21 PM

Very nice. The joinery adds a really nice detail to the piece. There is nothing wrong with being “fiscally conservative”.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-28-2008 01:36 PM

Britt must be happy.

-- Jiri

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#6 posted 02-28-2008 03:50 PM

Looks good! The joinery makes it quite unique. I’m sure that Britt will be enjoy it for years to come.

-- To do is to be

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#7 posted 02-28-2008 04:54 PM

Love the joints-really unique! Its not the expensense but the beauty and workmanship that count!

-- Spread love with our work

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#8 posted 02-28-2008 04:57 PM

Cool joints! I’ve never seen those done before. That’s an impressive looking piece of furniture you built.

-- Robb

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#9 posted 02-28-2008 08:08 PM

Great project, I like the cedar lining. Are you cheap or something?

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#10 posted 02-28-2008 08:22 PM

Nice work. I like to hear how someone built a project from wood that others might consider second grade. As I look a little closer I think I see a little smile coming from the wood.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#11 posted 02-28-2008 08:40 PM

Great looking chest!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 02-28-2008 08:58 PM

Fantastic looking chest. I have had that isoloc template for years now and I still haven’t used it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 03-04-2008 07:58 PM

a lifetime of happiness for Britt! cheap is very good!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#14 posted 03-09-2008 02:05 AM

Beautiful chest. If the wood is solid, it doesn’t matter if it’s a little “different”. That’s why it’s not called “plastic”

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#15 posted 04-04-2008 01:11 AM

can you show pics of the jig you made?

-- making sawdust....

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