By Jonathan Clarke

Jim Morgans Wood Profits

Jim Morgan's Wood Profits

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Sterling silver is heirloom stuff, family treasure. This two-drawer silverware chest, inspired by the English Arts-and-Crafts Movement, is an ideal place to keep and protect your silver.

The chest has a nice, clean look that's complemented by decorative scallops carved around the front edges of the carcase. The carcase is joined with blind mitered dovetails (sometimes referred to as full-blind dovetails). The drawers feature half-blind dovetails in front and through dovetails at the back. The silver chest isn't a complicated piece to build, but it requires good fit and finish to live up to the task of holding the family silver.

The sidebar on page 42 takes you step by step through the process of cutting blind mitered dovetails. No single step is particularly difficult, so a patient and careful woodworker can undertake the project with confidence. If you'd rather avoid the hand-cut joints, you could substitute a splincd miter for the blind mitered dovetails.

I designed the chest so the drawers would hold a com mercially made silverware insert covered with a tarnish-resisting cloth (item #19547 available from The Woodworker's Store, 21801 Industrial Blvd., Rogers. MN 55374. 612-428-2199). The insert holds twelve six-piece place settings. I fitted this insert into the lower drawer and left the upper drawer open to provide space for large serving utensils. You can line the upper drawer with tarnish-resisting silver cloth (available from most fabric shops or from Nancy's Notions, P.O. Box 683, Beaver Dam. WI53916.414-887-0391). You could also leave out the insert and fill the chest with other valuables.

Cutting Out the Parts

Except for the carcase back and drawer bottoms, I made the chest from white oak. If you edge join boards to make the carcase, I suggest that you glue up one piece long enough to make the two sides and the lop. Cut these parts so that the grain and the edge joints will run continuously up one side, across Continued on page 44

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FIG. 1: SILVER CHEST

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