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Built as a wedding present a few years back. Must of worked as they're still married…..(grin). This was an exercise in dovetails as the carcass is dovetailed together and the shelves fit into sliding dovetails. I love working with pine as it planes so easily and looks good with just the slight tool marks left in the polished surface. Plus it grows on my property and so the availability is just right.

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Nice work. Are the dovetails router cut?
 

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TopamaxSurvivor; yep, they are machine cut. While I love my hand planes and use scrapers quite often I also appreciate the speed and accuracy of certain machines. In fact I think my favorite tool in my shop is my Festool Domino. Great tool and quite liberating. I've done several projects that I would not have dared to even start as a result of this amazing tool. I haven't posted any of them yet, but will when I get the time. The Domino is expensive and worth every penny.
 

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I was just curious. they look well done. I thought they might come out better in pine that way. I had a bit of trouble doing them on this
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/17903
because the pine was a bit soft. Harder to hand cut than hader wood.

BTW, one of my b est friends came from Chico many yrs ago.
 

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That is just what the wife has been after me to come up with. I really like it and I too love working with pine, for no other reason than it's inexpensive. And, it can be painted or stained, not so with expensive hardwood. Well, it can be painted, but who would want to hide nice hardwood under paint? Can you give the dimensions? I would appreciate it.
 

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I've never been a huge fan of pine, but you're changing my mind. Very impressive. Your attention to detail really makes it.
 

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TopamaxSurvivor: I love the pirate chest! Great fun! The dovetails are quite in keeping with the theme in my opinion. I've found that my edged tools have to be extra sharp for most operations in pine because it's easily crushed instead of cut. I've seen some guys test to see if their edge is sharp by cutting end grain pine; it's gotta be razor sharp to leave a clean cut. Who's your buddy in Chico? I've lived in the area for over 40 years so I've met some of the locals….

Thelt: I do have a sketch that gives the dimensions. I can send it to you in pdf format if you want as I don't know how to put it on here. Let me know the best way to get the drawing to you and we'll do it.

Huff: yeah, I hear you about the pine, but I've recently rediscovered the stuff and it's very friendly to work with. Light, inexpensive, easily worked with sharp tools and easy to finish. I build almost all of my prototypes from it because of these qualities and, as prototypes they don't have to stand up to the abuse of everyday use. This piece went into my friend's house without kids and he and his wife are very organized so I think it will do OK in that particular environment.
 

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Looks sturdy enough to sit an elephant on. well constructed. The dovetails give it just the right amount of class!
 

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Pine and Plywood, the two staples in my shop. I can't afford the expensive stuff. When you make a mistake with pine or plywood, throw it in the burn box and make another one. LOL
 
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