Another Flatwear Chest

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Project by bhack posted 09-02-2008 07:12 PM 2334 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a flatwear chest made for our daughter. We gave her a set of flatwear for a Christmas gift and the first respose was “Dad I now need a Chest to store it in (hint, hint).” So I got out the maple and cherry and proceeded. The material is 5/8 thick. It is 7 inches high, 16 inches wide, and 11 1/2 inches deep. The corners are 45 degree miters with dovetails insertd to help reenforce the joints. The finish is Watco natural oil and several coats of wipeon poly. The drawer is maple with maple 1/4 ply for a bottom.

The lid lift and drawer pull are shop made. The utensil holder is not. It was purchased online.

How to say this without appearing to be bragging. I am proud of this piece since it is all my own design. Five years ago I would never have dreamed this, but with the knowledge gained from this site and the encouragement given by its members causes a person to progress.

Thanks for looking.


-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#1 posted 09-02-2008 07:21 PM

Very nice piece of chest.
I like the warm colour and the lid & the drawer pull.
Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 09-02-2008 07:23 PM

Nice chest!

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 09-02-2008 07:57 PM

being proud of your work and bragging are different things. In this case, you should definitely be proud. Did you subject the cherry to sunlight already? It has such great color.

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#4 posted 09-02-2008 08:30 PM

The cherry was obtained at an estate sale about 3 years ago. There were 9 12” wide, 9’ long 5/4 boards that I got for a bid of 35 dollars total. I believe they were stored outside for a number of years.

Thanks for the comment.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#5 posted 09-02-2008 09:33 PM

very well executed, chest beautifully made ,with real thought and patience.It is this kind of patience that all who aspire in woodworking to do well seek.really beautiful well done Alistair

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#6 posted 09-02-2008 11:17 PM

You should be proud of yourself, this is an incredibly well made box! I love it when my girls say, “dont buy it, Dad can build it!”

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#7 posted 09-02-2008 11:37 PM

Truly a stunning piece of work Bill. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 09-03-2008 12:32 AM

Nice Box. I like the way you put this one together. Looks good.

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#9 posted 09-03-2008 02:04 AM

theres nothing like making a beutifull box. great job and i love the choices of wood.

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#10 posted 09-03-2008 02:16 AM

Nice chest, beautiful combination of colours and woods. That is a project to be proud of.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#11 posted 09-03-2008 02:52 AM

Very nice, that is a great looking box.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#12 posted 09-03-2008 03:35 PM

Thank you to all that commented. Now its off to the shop and Christmas gifts to make.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#13 posted 09-07-2008 06:12 PM

This came out great. I like the color combination.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 11-22-2008 01:04 AM

Absolutely gorgeous storage unit !!! You must be so proud that your own design came out so well ! I bet she loved it : )

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#15 posted 03-06-2009 12:42 AM

Hey ! If you don’t want to brag on it, I will. Just send it my way and I’ll tell everyone what a great job I did on it. Now what she needs, is, some nice Osage kitchen utensils to go in it. I think Osage utensils are about as rare among spoon makers as it comes. I’m not sure who makes utensils from Osage besides me, at least I haven’t seen any. If anyone knows of someone that has a line of Osage utensils, please direct them my way.
Would you give up your plans for the chest and how to make it? John

-- OsageWare

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