6 Board Chest

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Project by TDog posted 09-21-2012 03:41 AM 5614 views 5 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch


So, I saw a 6 board chest done by Christopher Schwarz painted in blue with great trim work.
I had to try it out and put my own twist on it…as much as possible!
There is a free download plan for a 6 Board Chest available on Popular Woodworking. That is the
basic plan and pointers I used to get started. The base and leg pattern I got from a base piece off
of a buffet restoration I recently completed. It turned out better than I thought it would. The final project pic
will be posted this weekend after the nails and some paint. This piece will be raffled off to raise money for our school honor roll field trips. I have to say this has been a very rewarding and satisfying project. I just cannot put my finder on why…maybe it’s the antique Shaker issue at work. I must have looked at 25 6 board chests google images before starting.

I realized I had not added the picture sense I painted this 6 board chest. It is satin black with three crosses in white and robin eggs blue on the lid. It is what paint I had at the time. So life goes. I am probably going to repaint it or strip it down and stain it a darker brown like chestnut etc.

It is working great for storage and organization.
So the pictures show the following,





This project is helping me hone in on better planing technique and smoothing process. It is very rewarding and produces more sweat for me then a jog around the block…which I used to do a couple years ago…
The parts are shaping up very nicely. I have dadoed the sides for a good joining with nails and some glue.

If you have never built a 6 board chest, I would say take it on….It’s straightforward and very practical to use around the house or for a nice gift for the Mrs.

Have fun building something…Life is tool short!

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#1 posted 09-21-2012 07:38 AM

I always admire it when people use hand tools to do it all. Unfortunately it requires something I have very little of, extra time. Keep up the good work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-22-2012 04:35 AM


The time is my most precious possession other than life and my family members…It’s hard to come by…
Thanks for the great comments.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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