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My sister is the artist of the family, and has been asking for a chest to keep her paints in. I've been giving it a lot of thought over the last year, and this is what I have come up with.

It's a 3 drawer chest, 16"w 7.5"h 6.5"d with routed drawer bottoms to hold her paint tubes. It is made of the 100 year old pine I got from the old Detroit Elevator Co. building. The wood has been milled to 1/2" thickness, except for the drawers. They are 1/4" with 1/2" front panels.

I cut dados into the sides of the box for the drawer separators. After they were glued in I placed 1/16" vernier strips to hide the dados and separator edges on the front. After applying the top and bottom I also placed strips on those edges to clean them up.

I also made dados in the top and bottom to receive the sides and back. After gluing I placed a 3/8" strip across the front sides of the top and bottom edges to hide the dados and side connections.

The drawers were made using 1/4" box joints. They will be covered in front to make the drawers 1/16" proud of the separators. I used a 1" bowl cutter bit to make the grooves in the bottoms. These will keep the paint tubes from sliding around.

I still haven't decided on the finish, but I'm leaning toward thinned polyurethane to keep it natural. I probably won't get to that stage till we get back from Colorado early Dec.
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I like what you came up with. I have made a few boxes like that for a jewlery maker to keep his suppkies in.
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Excellent work as usual Mike. Glad to see your standards are as high as usual.

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That's terrific Mike! I really like the drawers! BTW, thanks for the tip with the painters tape as a drawer pull. I had a heck of a time fishing that drawer out of my tool box build.

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nice work..

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Nice work, Mike. Sis should be proud.

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Very well done, love the wood, how will you finish it?

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Great job Mike !! I could use a few of them .

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Excellent job Mike...I really like to clean lines and precision of your work , that old pine really stands out...I am making a similar box for my tools but using full extension rails for the drawers, because of the weight that they will carry.
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Excellent Work.. Very nice piece.. She'll love it too..

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