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Cherry Chest

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This is a jewellery chest made from American cherry. It is made in what I call the chunky crafts style. Its my excuse to use discarded off-cuts of wood with wild grain and the odd split or crack. I generally try to choose pieces with interesting grain.

Being able to up and down-cut means the Woodrat is ideal for this type of work.

It is finished with a few coats of sanding sealer. I prefer either cellulose or shellac sealer as its quick, easy and does not change the colour of the wood much.

 

  Just a very simple 3 drawer design.  Top view 

 

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A removable chain rack. Lifts out. Place the chain over a bar and drop the pendant into the drawer. No knots or tangles.

Drawer with sliding box and storage below. 

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Bracelet container with ring holder underneath.

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Jewel Cabinet

    Mahogany chest with oak drawers and mini brass handles. French polished.

 

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Oak Chest

     English oak treasure chest. Dovetail and finger joints. Used rejected wood with "character" grain. 4 coats of shellac sanding sealer.

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Maple Box

  Maple ring box. Cedar lined. First ever thing made with the Woodrat. Just waxed.

 

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Heart box

    An experiment. Uses heart shaped drawer and veneered box.

 

Clocks in 1000 years old oak

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Flower Pot Table

      Small pot table. 7 inches square seven and a half inches high. Legs 3/4inches square. Made from iroko. Finished in Danish oil. Legs mortised into rails. Top fixed by screws up through rails. (not much movement on such a small top) Legs fixed with waterproof glue. Ideal first project with Woodrat. Why not make a nest of tables?

 

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Foot Stool

     Next step on is to make a stool. This one again is in Iroko Top 13"x13" x12" high. Same principle as pot table but with extra rails (stretchers?). Legs and rails have a little bit of moulding to 'tart' it up a bit. The top is fixed with toggles locating into grooves in the rails to allow for movement. Legs are one and 1/4 inches square with no taper. Finished in nasty acrylic varnish. Not suitable for standing on!

 

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Small Trinket Cabinet

 I was wondering how I could use some salvaged black ebony piano keys and so made this small trinket cabinet. I used Mahogany for the case, Oak for the drawers,

 

 

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Maple for the drawer fronts and of course ebony for the handles. 

I employed dovetails and finger joints for the drawers

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Thought I would fix the handles with some new super glue, boy does that stuff stick quick!!! Mis-aligned the top drawer handle and just could not shift it so I will have to make another front. Finished in 3 coats of shellac sanding sealer. Using the Woodrat it took 4 odd evenings of work start to finish.

 


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