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Case Furniture / Re: An Out Standing Chest
« Last post by BHiggins on June 05, 2020, 04:47:51 PM »
Hi All,

I am a fledging woodworker and was given a number of magazines and books by an eldery gentelman who is nice enough to mentor me. One of the books was from the Historic Charleston Foundation and contained a photo of this triple chest. It caught my eye. While researching the chest I found out it was also pictured in the three volume set The Furniture of Charleston. Well... while trying to find those books for sale I stumbled across a thread on this forum that detailed where those books could be found. Next thing I know I am reading, reading, and re-reading this thread.

Cant tell you how delighted I am to have found this!!! Thanks to the author for spending the time to detail this build. I look forward to building this (actually already stareted). I feel pretty confident with my ability to make the jointry, but just the size of it, it is the biggest thing I have built so far, will present my small shop some learing lessons. (to big to square it up with my Starrett combination square)

Again, Thanks for the post. This is truly an Outstanding Chest!


Tom, you'll be happy to know that the plans match what you show.  They were drafted by Michael Sener in 2001, so happily he worked the correction in.  These are the finest plans I've purchased...hand-drawn, four pages, very detailed.

I do find it interesting that the pivot point is not aligned with the upper corner of the vertical raised panel...suspect that gives a very subtle "pinch" to the arch at it's lowest point that makes it more pleasing to the eye.  Not something I would've picked out without this build, but now that I look through photos of other raised arched panels I think I see this consistently {or I'm imagining it, which is possible :-) }.
Thank you Mark. I especially like the feet on your chest. Do you have the book "Spice Chests of Chester County"? There's a ton of good photographs of various spice chests.
Seating Furniture & Beds / Re: Redo old chair
« Last post by chobbs66 on May 22, 2020, 09:23:33 AM »

I plan to be there, it will be good to catch up.  And great idea - I'll get the word out to the members and other contacts!  CH
Discuss topics not covered in other categories. / Re: What are you working on?
« Last post by Tom M on May 21, 2020, 04:05:34 PM »

Awesome project!

I took Gene's class in 2001.  I recall there was a slight error on the layout of the tombstone doors which may have been fixed on their drawing. (I looked up my copy of the drawing from the class and I wrote "NO - see my drawing" on it.  The original drawing had two centerpoints for the arches.) I redrew this in CAD with one centerpoint - this is how I did mine.

Good luck!
Here's my favorite view of this piece.  It's very nicely designed.
Frederick, here's a photo of my WIP corner with the spice chest.  This is from Gene Landon's plans; he built (several of) his in walnut which is probably more typical of the period, but it's a high-style piece so I'm using swietenia that I bought from Hearne.
Seating Furniture & Beds / Re: Redo old chair
« Last post by Bob Compton on May 19, 2020, 09:19:02 AM »
Cal, that is good news. At this time Handworks 2020 is scheduled for Labor Day weekend in Amanda Colonies. How about having a chapter function at our booth and enjoy a very good show?
Best Regards
Bob Compton

Gateway Chapter / Gateway Chapter Update
« Last post by chobbs66 on May 18, 2020, 09:20:34 AM »

Not sure how many of the Gateway area folks read the forum - let me say I haven't forgotten about you.  The last few years have been just the most hectic time in my professional life, not to mention my kids getting through high school, church commitments, etc. etc. etc.

This is all to say that I intend to get our group back together, once society seems to open things up.  Even if it's just meeting at someone's shop or for a cocktail in either Kansas City, St. Louis, or both.

Let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions on our restart.

Thanks, Cal
Seating Furniture & Beds / Re: Redo old chair
« Last post by chobbs66 on May 18, 2020, 09:16:01 AM »
Both chairs look great!  CH
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