The first of 3 chests

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Project by whope posted 03-26-2012 02:36 PM 1608 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a fairly simple project for my first piece of furniture. This chest came from Woodsmiths a long time ago. I found that I could do 3 chests with 2 sheets of plywood, so the idea is to learn a bit from each.

I’ll be keeping the first two.

Things I learned from the first:
- Lumber from Lowes leaves much to be desired (one side of one of the sheets plywood has a veener was a bit lacey and only showed when I stained)
- I don’t like working with oil-based stains (well, I knew that, this will be the last)
- There is such a thing as too-snug a fit
- The screws for the hinges poke out through the cove on the trim (need to use different hinges for the other two chests)

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 04:24 PM

When staining, to eliminate “blotching” you should pretreat with a shellac based sealer. Or check out Charles Neil’s “Blotch Control.” I checked out the “Box Stores” plywood recently. Must use a laser to cut it that thin. Charles has a free you-tube seminar on finishing and a complete 101 course on making a “Pie Safe” from which you can learn befor you make mistakes that we “newbies” might not think about?

Even though it is simple that is the beauty of it. Looks good from here!

Andy and Greg are making boxes. They are works of art. I know Andy has also done construction seminars. Took me awhile to figure out why so many people make boxes. :) Techniques are the same?

Nice first work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 05:04 PM

I used a wood conditioner before staining. The problem is the gaps in the veener letting the base plywood to show through. “Fortunately” it is on the inside of the lid and the outside bottom of the chest.

I may try putting another layer of veneer over the lid piece for the remaining chests.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 10:04 PM

Good job on the chest, it looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 05-02-2012 02:11 AM

I think this piece looks good, oil stains can be tricky, but as you can see from a previous comment there are precautions that can be taken, it’s all trial and error. Yes big box stores Lowes & HD don’t always have the best plywood, I have a local lumberyard and now I don’t suffer from cheap plywood anymore. Too snug of a fit, I think we have all been there, knowing when it’s time to stop forcing it and reshape or trim, is a talent I have not yet mastered towards the end of a project, in the beginning a am pretty good toward the end I am so intent on getting it done I push the envelope. You and I may have the same problem.

One thing I have learned, whatever mistakes you make, you typically don’t make them again, or you know how to fix it better. I still think this is a great piece and you did a great job regardless of how critical you are of your work.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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