If you decide not to tackle the bracket feet, the ogee base makes a nice alternative. Also, we have put together some helpful tips for cutting the chest hinge mortises. This alternate design option is available to download in this Online Extra.
Building a cedar chest is a project that can be fun and practical. This simple, butt-jointed cedar chest can hold a good number of items or it can be customized to a larger size. You can build this chest from one, 1 x 12 x 8 ft solid cedar board plus a few other necessities.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a storage chest. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
I decided to build the chest from walnut. Other wood choices would be oak, cherry, pecan, red cedar or even white pine. You might consider making the chest from plywood to cut the cost and make construction easier.
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