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Storage Chest

You can probably pick up all the materials needed for the storage chest on page 26 at your local home center. The only hardware needed is a few screws and brads, a pair of no-mortise hinges, and a length of chain to keep the lid from falling back. If you can’t find the hinges, check with the sources at right. The molding used on the faces is door casing. Different lumber yards may carry different profiles, so look around until you find one you like.

BUN FEET. The bun feet can be ordered pre-made, or you can turn them yourself. The feet we used came from Grand River. They’re only available in ash, but ash is a close match to oak, which is what we used to build the chest.

FINISH. Getting just the right color for the chest was a challenge, to say the least. I ended up mixing together four stains from General Finishes for the first coat. This consisted of three parts of Red Mahogany, two parts of Walnut, and one part each of Honey Maple and Antique Cherry. After this had dried, I brushed on a second coat of just the Red Mahogany. For the top coat, I wiped on three coats of Hope’s tung oil varnish.

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