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New Sewing Chest

PostPosted: Oct 12, 2005 10:52 pm
by JaneG
I have mentioned before that my David is a woodworker. His latest project has been one of his most challenging. He uses many traditional techniques and is very critical of his work.

When I got my new embroidery machine I started accumulating A LOT of spools of thread which I kept in plastic storage boxes. He decided I needed a "treasure chest" to keep my spools in.

We picked out quartersawn sycamore for the lid and jatoba for the chest. The draw pulls and details are ipe.

Each drawer holds 40 spools and has a grid in the bottom so the spools don't roll around. I can store other sewing accessories in the top.

Isn't it beautiful??!!! I'm so tickled with this . . . I'm almost afraid to use it.

PostPosted: Oct 12, 2005 10:59 pm
by patsue53
It's exquisite Jane! You are a lucky lady to have such a treasured possession. Definately a future heirloom.

PostPosted: Oct 12, 2005 11:36 pm
by impatience
What beautiful craftsmanship! Wow-you are a lucky lady (and he must think he is a lucky man!)

PostPosted: Oct 13, 2005 3:06 am
by LucyGoose
That is beautiful, even if I don't sew! Ditto what Pat said....He is very talented! Again, beautiful! :D

PostPosted: Oct 14, 2005 9:02 am
by kHT
Oh Jane that is just breath taking craftsmanship! Lucky sister to have a wonderful brother with such great talent.
Does he make a bigger size for those cone shaped threads?
I have 3 boxes of threads! :oops:

PostPosted: Oct 14, 2005 4:32 pm
by JaneG
:lol: @ Karma! Brother is the brand of my sewing machine, David is my honey!!! :lol: :lol:

PostPosted: Oct 14, 2005 10:16 pm
by Old earth dog
:o WOW! As a woodworker myself, I can apprieciate the workmanship that went into that curved lid and the boxjoint corners.
Did your brother, er..... your, ....maybe we don't want to get into that. :eek: :lol: :lol: :wink:
Anyway! Did David use a jig (Incra, Leigh, etc) for the corner joints? I have an Incra jig and I'd give my eye teeth for a Leigh Jig.

PostPosted: Oct 15, 2005 1:00 am
by Justme
WOW, and WOW again! :o :o I love that! I don't do wood working (yet) but love stuff like that. Now I am jealous :lol: I need one about the size of a "Cedar chest" for Fabric etc. My DH would buy all the wood and tools in a heartbeat, but then never built it :evil:


PostPosted: Oct 15, 2005 9:55 pm
by Old earth dog
Tami! "My DH would by all the wood and tools in a heartbeat". :o :o
There are lots of places to take woodworking classes, and the different plans that are avalable are unlimited. You could use another hobby. I think there is even an organization of women woodworkers. :wink: :D :D

PostPosted: Oct 15, 2005 11:52 pm
by Justme
O.E.D. "You could use another hobby." :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

If I get another hobby I will need to quit my job to have enough time to get stuff done! If I quit my job I won't have the money to buy the stuff for my hobbies! Plus I need a bigger house first :o (My Dad would probably teach me woodworking. He has a shop next to his house and is retiring next year)


PostPosted: Oct 18, 2005 10:19 am
by JaneG
:lol: Hi OED! He has the Leigh jig which he used for the corner dovetails.

The drawers are handcut dovetails. For a really good shot of the handcut dovetails (one of my favorite things about the chest), check out this link. It's the woodworking forum where he hangs out. There are a couple more pictures than I posted here, and his description of the workmanship and techniques is better than mine! :roll: ... php?t=4796

PostPosted: Oct 18, 2005 4:10 pm
by newtohosta-no more
That is such a lovely chest!! How fortunate you are to have a DH with skills like that! He may be critical of his own work, but to us it looks to be perfect. :wink:

P.S. I think all this talk of the tools and woodworking has got OED drooling all over the internet. :lol:

PostPosted: Oct 18, 2005 9:06 pm
by Old earth dog
You bet I'm drooling. Handcut dovetails, inlaid drawer guides. That's not just a nice piece of woodworking, it's a work of art. It had me in the shop today, looking at my stack of quarter sawn Sycamore. :wink:

And a Leigh jig!! !!SIGH!!

PostPosted: Oct 20, 2005 7:26 am
by Linda P
That is magnificent! I know you will treasure it for years. Every time you get a spool of thread out, you will think of all the love and devotion that went into the making of that chest.
Linda P

PostPosted: Oct 20, 2005 7:29 am
by caliloo
omg! That is GORGEOUS!

Your sweetie truly has created a work of art that I'm sure will be a family heirloom. What a very lucky lady you are to have such a talented and sweet guy!


PostPosted: Oct 21, 2005 10:58 pm
by Justme
Hand cut dovetail! :o I love dovetails. The DD and I used to be HUGE Norm groupies. I love beautifully made wood stuff. Again, I am soo jealous!


PostPosted: Oct 23, 2005 6:31 pm
by wishiwere
:o It's beautiful! What great work he does!
OED, be very careful there! You're likely to short out your board, unless you've got it covered! :)

Jane, that's just simply a work of art as someone already said. What a gorgeous piece of art! You are both lucky people to be so talented and to have found one another. What fun to share in your joy!

Have you thought of getting a brass plate with the maker and receiver's name and date on it? Most definitely will be a heirloom :)

PostPosted: Oct 24, 2005 9:30 am
by JaneG
Thanks for the compliments.

He has a custom 'branding iron' with his signature, which gets burnt into every piece he does. He also signs and dates them. As for the brass plate, too funny . . . I already have a garden bench he made for me with a brass plate that says "My Dearest Jane" and the date. Of course, I haven't put it outside yet, it's been indoors for 3 years because I think it's too pretty for outside!

PostPosted: Oct 25, 2005 9:49 am
by wishiwere
And you haven't shared a pic of it? What'sup with that? :lol:

Come on, share the beauty please :) You can keep his love and what he makes, but you must share the pics of the wood products of that love! :)

PostPosted: Oct 25, 2005 10:33 am
by Penhalion
That is an incredible piece of craftsmanship! I'm no expert on woodwork, but I can appreciate the skill that went into making that. Wow!!!