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As most of you know Blondie and I are BIG Arts & Crafts fans along with Greene and Greene. This project was published by Bob Lang in Popular Woodworking in Nov 2005. The contrasting woods highlight the lines of this Gustav Stickley-designed classic. I have the article and some Google Sketch-up drawling's I played with using Bob Lang's tutorial program. If you would like them as always I would be happy to send them to you to your personal email.

I started this project over 200 days ago, hard to believe. Only reason I know is I posted a "blog": http://lumberjocks.com/Ken90712/blog/37851. Blondie and I have been doing construction on the front of the house and built a" new gate ": http://lumberjocks.com/projects/89645. so we have had a dozen things going at once. Of course our jobs get in the way some too. :>)

The wood I used is Quarter Sawn Sapele from Austin's Hardwoods. The veneered panels were Pecan Pecky. The bedroom is mostly oak however I really wanted something nicer & different as I'm tired of Oak. (No offense Oak, LOL). At the risk of making the bed room a kaleidoscope we went with this.

There are 32 offset mortise and tennon's on this project, 11 double sided veneered panels and a bunch of dadoes. The first two of these were kind of a new technique for me as far as having to be as close to perfect as possible. I used 6/4 lumber as all the Sapele's finished dimensions are 1 1/4" thick except for the corbels. The legs are glued together with a 45 degree joint. There are 16 corbels added to this as the top receives none. The bottom is aromatic cedar, it really does smell nice.

After all the sanding was done, I sprayed it with 10 coats General Finishes Enduro Varnish Semi-Gloss with my Earlex 5500. I wet sanded it to 2000 and polished it with a buffing pad and 3m's Finesse-it polishing compound. I have Bob Flexner's book on finishing and I try to improve each time in this area.

I bought toy box lid supports to help with the weight of the top by recommendation of Rockler. After about 2 hours of seeing that these were not going to fit or work, I went to the internet and found information that these only work on 3/4" inch thick backs. It does not say that anywhere on the package… So off to HD I go for some universal supports.

Blondie loves it, and I have to say I'm pretty proud of this one as well. As woodworker we all know we have the best intentions and high hopes for our work. We all know the little areas were not happy with the results and I have been scolded by the Boss to stop pointing them out. LOL

As always thx for looking and all comments are welcome negative and positive.

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Super Fine!!!!
 

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Ken,

Way to turn a favorite hobby into something priceless; I'd be willing to bet if there was a catastrophic event in the future you'd see her carrying this heirloom to safety on her back.

It's really nice; great job!
 

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Ken,

C O N G R A T UL A T I O N S !

You finished it!

Beautiful Work… Project… !!

Really COOL & different… your own design!

I really like it!

What kind of square did you use in laying out the side stiles? .... don't look quite square!
... Just kidding… I know… that's part of COOL part!

Thanks for sharing…

You do really do great work!
 

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Ken, it's been a long time coming, but it was worth waiting for. This chest is fantastic. Everything about it is great. The sapele just shimmers and goes well with the pecan. Thanks for sharing.
-don
 

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Looks great, I like the shapes formed by the curved stiles.
Nice work on this one!
Did you say you sprayed 10 coats? That thing will survive a flood!
 

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Very nice detail in this beautiful chest…and cedar lined bottom to boot!
 

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Ken,
That turned out gorgeous!
The combination of those two wood types is absolutely perfect!!
 

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As we said in the Navy…. "Bravo Zulu"... job well done…
 

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Very attractive-well done.
 

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Hi Ken,

Nice work and thanks for the kind words.

Bob
 

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Very nice chest Ken…the contrasting woods and clean design make a beautiful project look great…well done.
 

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Great chest Ken ,beautiful and a fine build.
 

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Awesome job. Love the contrasting woods and the quality and craftsmanship are top notch. Great job
 

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You are a perfectionist! 200 days would have driven me crazy but it was well worth the wait. The sapele/pecan works well together. I just never think about combining domestics and exotics. This may convince me to try it.
 

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Patience, practice lead to perfection.
 

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That is absolutely beautiful ... a masterful job well done Ken!!
 

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Very nice work Ken and well presented. I know what you mean about our paying work getting in the way. Sure slows down our progress don't it? I also share your opinion on oak.
 

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Thx everyone for the kind words and support…. it was good to finally get it done. Had to walk away during the finish as I wasnt happy with some spots and was getting in a hurry. Hard to believe after 200 days LOL

JR_dog--your right she would try to carry it our being german farm girl from upstate NY she could probaly do it LOL
Joe too funny.. You cant bet its square LOL The corbels are glued in after the build giving the crooked look LOL

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Degoose send me your email I think it has changed. Hope all is well down under thx for the BZ Ex Navy here as well.
 

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That has came out very nicely
Great contrasts the really make the design pop
It has been great to follow it's progress

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