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Old 03-30-2015, 05:44 AM   #1
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.40's Woodshop

I make sawdust mostly...at least that's the old running joke at our house. I was asked to share some pics over in the Chicken and Dumplings thread. So here you go.

Breaking ground...
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:02 AM   #2
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Tools and more tools

Mrs .40 keeps a close eye on me and tool catalogs. :) I can't seem to get quit looking for just the right tool or jig to make that next cutting operation perfect.

Many of the hand tools in my workshop were handed down to me from my father, uncles and a former instructor.
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:21 AM   #3
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1790 Nantucket Blanket Chest

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.
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:44 AM   #4
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I like your ideas. And I have always preferred raised panels to recessed. Just make sure you come back and show us the finished product. And one more thing. Norm always made two of the products he was working on. So if you want to follow Norm's practices you can send the second one to this address. I will take good care of it.
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You have a tool catalog you didn't share? Nice shop and nice work! Never met a tool catalog, lumber yard or shop I didn't like.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:11 AM   #6
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Very nice, some of that cherry has a nice almost curly grain to it, a little finish will make it really come alive.

A real family treasure in the making!
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Ooooh, love the smell of sawdust and wood and power tools. Cool stuff, .40. Nice to see you!
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Looks good, .40. Plenty of room for tools and stuff.
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I have to admit, Norm is one of my man crushes, such a skilled craftsman!

Like your shop, .40!
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Don't tell DH, Norm is also one of my man crushes.
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