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Mailee21/11/2013 20:05:34
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Over the last couple of days I have been working on my latest project, this time in Pine. It's a rather large blanket chest of a Rennie Macintosh design. My first job was to make the legs.
After laminating some boards I made the side panels. These will be housed into the legs with dowels to allow for movement.
Then the front and rear panels were made.
At this stage I thought I would route out the design for the front panel, These are for inset tiles with a black accent line.
By the end of today I had a dry fit before I put any finish on.
i have the boards for the top in glue up so tomorrow i shall make that. Then it will all be stained before assembly. Then apply the finish which will be a wax.

Derek Lane21/11/2013 20:43:05
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That is going to be one very nice box can't wait to see this one finished. Like the Macintosh influence

Doug21/11/2013 21:43:13
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Looking good Al.



dennis wake21/11/2013 22:39:21
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hi Mailee

looking good as usual hope to see the finished box soon.


Mailee22/11/2013 20:48:33
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I made a start on the top today after leaving the boards in the clamps over night. After a good sanding i made and fitted the breadboard ends.
I added some hardwood dovetailed runners to help in keeping the panel flat.
After adding some mouldings to lip the top I made up some blocks for the hinges at the rear.
last job tonight was to cut out four squares in the top corners of the lid for more tile inlays and try it on top of the chest.dscn3322.jpg

Michael Forster 225/11/2013 05:48:59
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Very nice (as always!) Mailee. Beautiful craftsmanship and a nicely understated reference to Macintosh (from what I've seen of his own work). I love the values and principles of the Arts and Crafts movement, but find a lot of the pieces from that time - Macintosh in particular - rather over-done on detail. You seem to me to have done a very tasteful contemporary take on the style and I really like it. Well done!

Mailee25/11/2013 18:50:26
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Thanks guys. Well today I got the finish on it and the box assembled. I still have the fittings to go on yet and a final polish before delivering it.

Here is the detail on the front.
And the details on the top.dscn3330.jpg

Mailee26/11/2013 18:28:50
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Well I got it finished today although I am not too happy with the inside of the lid as it came out patchy. Looks like there wasn't enough sealer on it before staining.
I was worried if the soft closers would have enough damping for the lid as it is pretty heavy but they work fine.
I used some pretty decent hinges on it due to the weight of the lid.dscn3332.jpg

Derek Lane26/11/2013 18:30:53
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Great job Mailee. I like the way that you have tied the lid to the front with the tiles. They should be very pleased with it

Bruce Rauncar27/11/2013 21:04:47
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That's one huge and elegant box. The wood and finish look great. Like how you placed those hinges to be tough and sturdy. The tiles are great accents. Great job!

Wolfie01/12/2013 18:38:06
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Superb job Mailee. Your work rate and the quality of your work never fail to astound me. Well done

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