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Small chest with iron fittings

This is a small oak chest with iron nails and hinges.   It started life, as usual, with an old orphaned dining tabletop.   After cleaning and cutting to size, I marked out some cutouts for hand grips. 

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This is a small oak chest with iron nails and hinges.   It started life, as usual, with an old orphaned dining tabletop.   After cleaning and cutting to size, I made some cutouts for hand grips. 

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Here the pieces are ready for fitting together to make the basic box.

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Upside down, so I can mark out the corner joints, and measure up for bottom pieces.

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The chest is starting to take shape, with a bottom fitted. I made a lid for the chest from a piece of oak taken from a bookcase made by Jessop's in 1919, and I thought a 100-year-old piece of oak was a nice finishing touch.

 

The first coat of wax is applied now.

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I fixed the lid with iron nails and hand-wrought hinges.   

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More coats of wax and the box is ready for use. 

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