The charm of this small chest is created with two old woodworking techniques cutting dovetails by hand and brushing on a few coats of shellac

Come to think of it, applying the finish to this o. i wanted it to match the

ou don't want to rush hand-cut dovetails. They require careful, deliberate work. That doesn't mean they have to be perfect. After all, hand-cut dovetails aren't going to be machine-irecise — especially with wide panels. But that its the charm of this chest perfectly.

There's something to be said for a few quiet hours in the shop. Working without the roar of a router or breathing the clouds of dust. Okay, so the pace is a little slower, and the process takes a little longer. This is one time to throw out the schedule. If you can put yourself in the right frame of mind, the process is its own reward.

chest is rewarding too. "antique" character ofthe chest. And what better iqu tha way than to use an "antique" finish?

Shellac has been used on furniture a long time, and its color adds a natural warmth that's hard to get from an off-the-shelfstain.

Of course, many woodworkers think of shellac as a "delicate" finish. And while it may not match the durability of polyurethane, a lot of antiques finished with shellac have put up with years of wear. And it's not difficult to apply either. For step-by-step instructions, see the box on page 23.

Overall Dimensions: 38W x x W'/8"

(See Materials list, Supplies list, and cutting diagram on page 23.) Finish: One coat of orange shellac Two coats of blonde shellac

BASE FRONT

Wide chamfer shaped with block plane

Wide chamfer shaped with block plane

Dovetails cut by hand, see article on page 24

BASE FRONT

BASE END

BASE END

Dovetails cut by hand, see article on page 24

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TRIM

FRONT

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Sliding Tray. Like the case, the tray the chest is joined with hand-cut dovetails. This tray sits on simple supports glued into the front and back ofthe case.

Tray slides back and forth on wood supports

BOTTOM-

BACK

TRIM

BASE

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CROSS SECTION

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