The plans for this chest were provided by Norm Abrams over at the New Yankee Workshop. The original PBS episode can be found on
I've made some modifications to the original. I'm using cherry instead of pine, I'll cut and install raised panels instead of the recessed panels, and finally I'll use solid aromatic cedar for the bottom instead of plywood and cedar closet lining.
I sourced rough cut 4 quarter sawmill planks for the wood. This type of wood is roughly 1/2 the cost of "retail" lumber but has to be surfaced to a uniform thickness, jointed, and sawn to make co-planer lumber before it is suitable for use.
Friction fit of the stiles and rails joined by mortise and tenon joints that make the carcass. Final measurements for the raised panels were taken while this was set up on the bench.
I still have many hours of labor ahead before this project is complete but I think the results will be worth the efforts.