First handmade project

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Project by BudhNop posted 03-06-2014 02:09 AM 3427 views 11 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First pardon my english, Im french canadian

If you want the story behind this chest read to the end otherwise here are the specs )

Hand Made :)
Modeled from Tommy Mac ToolChest
Frame – BC-Fir
Drawer frame – Poplar with Bird-Eye maple front
Drawer support – Poplar
100+ Dovetails
Coloration is iron acetate for the carcasse
Maple is as-is

Finish is : 3 Coat of dewaxed Orange shellac (flakes)
and 4 Coats of Tried and True Oil+Varnish

More then 40 Hours of building…

Now the story…

Where to start the long version is…
I bought about 800bfm of BC-Fir since a contractor I know had that amount of overstock from a construction project he had… At the price he sold it to me I decided that it was the wood I was going to use for the new kitchen Im designing… I have an old doctors house and the interior is all in Douglas Fir (really a nice house :P)

At that point I wanted to board match a few pieces to see the grain pattern and play with coloration… I found the first 2 boards so nice that I decided I had to do something with it :P I waited about 6 months with the boards on hand to finally decide what I wanted to do with them. During that time my mind shifted completely from using power tools to, I want to buid something the old way! I decided, after seeing tommy mac toolchest video, to build a toolchest in Mahogany and walnut… But I didnt want to make a mistake with this type of wood since it was going to be my first handmade project! Those 2 boars we’re going to be my tryout wood :P

Thats how it all began :)
I very proud of my first handmade project… There are many mistakes,... But overall I really happy with it :)

Dont be afraid to ask questions or comment :)

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#1 posted 03-06-2014 02:20 AM

Very nice, one of these days I might get up the nerve to try building something like that without using power tools..

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#2 posted 03-06-2014 02:21 AM

That’s a beauty! You have every reason to be proud. Something like this is on my “to do” list for maybe next winter…

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#3 posted 03-06-2014 02:25 AM


-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 03-06-2014 02:54 AM

Beautiful work the wood selection and finish is great, I particularly like the Dove tail joinery namely the dividers where you used a Sliding Dovetail joints, thanks for sharing. O’Neal

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 03-06-2014 03:53 AM

Did you say this was your first project, or your 100th? Great stuff!

-- --Bob

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#6 posted 03-06-2014 04:00 AM

Looks great!

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#7 posted 03-06-2014 04:25 AM

Great work, very nice.

And a big welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 03-06-2014 05:05 AM

For a first hand made project you have done a great job and it will only get easier every time you build another project handmade.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 03-06-2014 06:50 AM

A really super Tool chest. If you hadn’t told us, I would have thought that you have done this many times! =^D
Great work.

Greetz from Germany,

-- Greetz from Germany, Charles - Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool!! {borrowed from BRKH;)}

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#10 posted 03-06-2014 09:04 AM

Great work, I have been wanting to start one of these for some time. Hope mine comes out this good.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 03-06-2014 09:09 AM

Pretty cool for the first handmade project!

I like overall dimensions and proportions of the chest and drawers, it’s gonna be quite useful shop item.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#12 posted 03-06-2014 01:10 PM

Wow! Great job

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#13 posted 03-06-2014 01:16 PM

This is super nice. Good job. Love the wood colors in here.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 03-06-2014 01:19 PM

Incredible work! For your first project I’d say you were well ahead of me already. You must be a very well thought out type person.

Welcome to Lumberjocks the third friendliest place on the internet

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#15 posted 03-06-2014 01:33 PM

Well thank you all for those good words :D

I have to be honest that I have meticulously went throu a lot of post here before deciding exactly what I wanted to do :P

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