Build this chest with your preferences for style and complexity in mind. The Traditional American look in mahogany requires dovetailed corner joints cut by hand or with a router jig. To simplify matters, try the Casual Contemporary version in contrasting woods such as ash and walnut, with rabbeted corners joined by screws and covered with plugs.
There is nothing like the fragrance of cedar. And no wood matches the durability and popularity of oak. That is why we combined the two in this mortise-and-tenon-framed storage chest. Follow our detai...
Looking for a handsome, functional project that will not overtax your woodworking skills? Here is one, and it makes a wonderful storage or hope chest. You will find the construction of this piece stri...
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.
I used to struggle with mortise and tenon joinery. I tried every new system that came along, but they all seemed way too complicated. One day a friend of a friend walked into my shop, said Throw away those fancy jigs! and showed me an elegant way to make these classic joints. This blanket chest is the ideal project to showcase this technique.
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.
The design of my chest uses the lines of the old chest. Mine is only 12 X 7 X 8 1/2 inches. I used a vacuum form mold to make the curved top and dove tails for the joinery. I hope you take the time to make this nice little chest.
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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