Dovetailed toy chest

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Project by LJ_smoke posted 04-20-2013 05:12 PM 4496 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dovetailed toy chest for my nephew. I followed The New Yankee Workshop Toy Chest plans, less the checkerboard. This was my first experience with hand cut dovetails and found the process and end result quite satisfying. Even though it is more time consuming than using a jig, I found the divider layout technique much easier to get the desired look and spacing that I wanted.

I used Monterey Pine for the entire chest. I chose a distressed milk paint base finish with a polyacrylic clear topcoat, all from General Finishes. I used Coastal Blue for the first two coats, followed by two coats of Antique White over the top. Sprayed with an Earlex 5500, 2.0 mm tip with 15% tap water dilution. We’ll see how it wears with time and maybe he can use it for a storage chest after his younger years. I picked up the Stanley chest handles for $5 at the local flea market. Sugatsune soft close hinges for safety.

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#1 posted 04-20-2013 07:03 PM

nice work, your nephew will be happy of this.

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#2 posted 04-20-2013 07:34 PM

Nice project, unfortunately the color hides the great job you did for the dovetail joints.

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