Sugar Chest Build Is Underway

IMG_0208After a hard day of milling and assembling panels on Monday, the box portion of the sugar chest is being dovetailed; the guys are using through-dovetails on the back and half-blind dovetails at the front. The switch is because the front of the chest is decorated with string inlay, corner fans and fanciful, stemmed, three-petal flowers – those should be part of  today’s class.

What’s interesting about each of the chests thus far is that all of the guys are working on boxes that are different in size – we let the wood dictate what the dimensions would be for one of the boxes. (Two pieces, when assembled, provided 17-1/4″-wide panels for one of the boxes; there’s no reason to add on a 2″-wide piece just to get to the sizes found on the cut sheet.) Another chest moved from the cut list dimensions due to where it was going to fit in the house – to fit under a wall-mounted TV, the chest had to become shorter. To be useful, that same chest needed to be a little longer. With all the valid reasons to adjust sizes, that left only one chest that began according to the cut list. We’ll see if it stays on track.

— Glen D. Huey

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