Six Board Chest


This chest began in a class with Chris Schwarz at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking . Outside of initial dimensioning I tried to use all hand tools. The stock they provided was some of the best pine I have ever seen, perfectly clear stock. Construction included dados and rabbits along with cut nails. Finish is Danish oil and wipe on poly. I still need to add a mortis lock. Molding was cut with a Record 405. Leg cut outs were done with a coping saw and finished with spokeshaves and rasps.

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Nice work.
Before I read the text, I would not have guessed it was pine.

Out of curiosity how long does a project like this take, not including glue time, to complete with hand tools?

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Ian, I’m embarrassed to say but this took a few months only because of other projects and family. I built a dutch tool chest in the interim.

We had the carcass done in two marathon sessions leaving the lid, lid hinges, lid stays, and lid moulding along with finishing. I should have been able to do it in four days to so if I stuck with it.

Somewhere in the Lost Art Press Blog there is a posting by Schwarz named something like " How not to run a class". Good times!

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Nothing to be embarrassed about.
I have projects that I still started over 3 years ago that are still in some unfinished state.


Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

This looks super .

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Nice as always buddy 
I need to learn woodworking 
Thanks Augie, glad you made it here.

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nice chest OFI ! i like those hinges, never seen any like that before.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Pottz, I honestly don’t remember where I got them. Good chance it was Lee Valley.

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Gotta love the strap hinges. 👍🏼

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Chris is usually pretty entertaining. I used to see him a lot back when he was still at PopWWing. His self effacing humor is usually a riot, and unlike how the Shrinks think, he's a pretty normal guy.

I imagine between the classes he did on that 6 board chest, and what he wrote about it, there are a lot of them running around, and probably many of them still require some finishing. I'm guilty of the same with some classes I took with Huey back then.

Larry IIRC he was partial to these Unequal Strap Hinges BIG and BOLD
Nicley done!

I have been saving some wide pine boards for decades.  Don't think I have enough for a chest.  20" wide 3/4" very flat.


Gadzooks, you do nice work there OFI.  Pretty cabinet in the back there too.

Drop out of warp and prepare to be boarded. Mike southwest CO

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