2 chests for Charity

SabertoothBunny

SabertoothBunny
User
Those look great. Any chance I could get the plans for this chest off of you? My wife wants me to build something like this to go below a window in our house.
 

DKA

Kelly
User
The big one is 48” x22” x 22”. The small one is 23 x 16” x 16”. No plans...just started building. I had a stack of Sapele and I built to suit the supply, trying to use it all. I used some fancy veneer shorts for the backs. But the construction was the same.
The carcasses were frame and panels with a veneered back and bottom. The front and back were put into shallow rabbet in the edges of the sides., glued and screwed. The bottom was captured in a dado in the back and sides.
Now you have a big box.
Then I cut rabbets the full length of the 4 leg stocks. I glued a small block back into the bottom of the leg rabbets about 3 “ long, depending on how far up off the floor you desires. Shape them as desired. Now you have 4 legs with a groove that I glued to the corners to hide the corner screws. Tops are pretty straight forward....spalted veneer on 3/4 Baltic birch.
On the big one, I used the new hinges that Rockler developed and I will not use anything else. They have tension built in, so you do not need a rod or spring to hold the top open. The small one was too small for those hinges so I-used a short piano hinge.
Any specific questions ?
 

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Keye

Keye
Corporate Member
Beautiful!! I am curious what you finished the Sapele with. I was thinking about buying some but the color is not what I would expect.
 

DKA

Kelly
User
I love working Sapele. It can splinter and you have to pay attention to grain direction to get clean router cuts, just like any wood. But I find it very stable and sandable.
It does come in a lot of color variations so pay attention to that especially when selecting.
And for an “ exotic” I think it is reasonably priced.
My local finishing guy, Turner’s Furniture Restoration, contributed the finishing work. I think it is what he calls Cab Acrylic.
 

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