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Being my first post I thought I would post about my first project. I will try and make it quick as I have to get back to writing a paper on the Texas Constitution. I am very new to wood working in creating specific projects. However, I have found that it has helped me with dealing with my injury / illness. Back in 2011 I was diagnosed with a giant cell tumor in my left distal femur right next to my knee joint. It has been operated on a total of 7 times between February of 2011 and September of 2014. Due to the trauma from the surgeries the shape of the bottom of my femur bone is very irregular and filled with bone spurs. This causes a lot of pain because every time I bend my knee this irregular shape rubs on the patella (knee cap) and tibia. The tumor I had while not classified as cancer is just as aggressive and can transfer to organs with 99% of transfers going to the lung. Sense April of 2013 CT scans of my chest have shown a small nodule in my right lung. Due to the change in density not so much shape it was recommended I have it removed so on 3 September of this year I had it removed and it was giant cell tumor. I am in the Army so this has been a process to deal with this and still remain a soldier. However I have been introduced to small wood working projects that have helped.

At the recommendation and encouragement of my Wife as she will be making blankets / quilts for the family for Christmas, she recommend I try and make blanket chests. After a little bit of research I came to the conclusion that a router would provide me with versatility for this project as well as future projects. While a table saw could produce what I was looking to accomplish I didn't see the versatility in it for other projects. I am on a limited funding so it was one or the other. Someday, I will have a table saw and a band saw and a planer and all the cool stuff to produce some fine woodworking but for now this is what I have.

Attached is the shape file of a blanket chest I found that uses a simple shaker design if that's the right term. It seemed to me for a first time project this design would be easier than that of dove tailing. At this point I have completed cut lists know how much wood I need to complete each of the blanket chests I plan to make 3. I have also decided to complete a red cedar insert to give it that true cedar chest feel which I have been able to find a very reasonably priced source. 18$ for 5 3/8" x 6" x 96", so hopefully that sees reasonable guess I will find out. While the sketchup is done in a walnut and cherry I believe given the workability of white oak I think this wood would make for a better starter then that of walnut. Also, less expensive from what I have gathered. While the red cedar was easy to source finding a source for dimensional white oak has been a challenge. I just don't have the equipment for rough lumbar. I have a few feelers out there so hopefully I can get some feedback on a decently priced source.
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Peter,

Welcome, you picked a great site to join. Don't be afraid to ask for advice, here, no question is stupid. There are a lot of knowledgeable folks here, who are always willing to help. Take photos as you go. If you run into problems a visual is always helpful to diagnose, fix or hide a problem and recover.

While a router is a good choice I will suggest that you obtain a circular saw, if you don't have one, also. You will need to cut the rails, styles and panels to dimension and this and a straight edge will be invaluable tool. Buy a good blade for it.

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Good luck with the project and keep us up to speed so we as a community can help you along.

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Thank You I forgot to mention that but I do have a skill circular saw with a nice carbide tip blade that had a higher price tag than the saw itself. I also own a very nice brushless drill. I plan on taking pictures to document the progress as well as be able to get help with any issues that come about. At a minimum it should be fun aside from the satisfaction of building isn't that why were are all here for the enjoyment and fun of it?
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Welcome, Peter!
just in case I misunderstood, you do know that Western Red Cedar isn't what's used in Cedar chests?
The normal material is 'Aromatic Cedar'. Completely different species of wood.
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Welcome, Peter!
just in case I misunderstood, you do know that Western Red Cedar isn't what's used in Cedar chests?
The normal material is 'Aromatic Cedar'. Completely different species of wood.
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Thanks for catching it, Dan. I totally didn't register that when I read the post.

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Welcome, Peter!
just in case I misunderstood, you do know that Western Red Cedar isn't what's used in Cedar chests?
The normal material is 'Aromatic Cedar'. Completely different species of wood.
Aromatic Cedar Lumber - Friendly Service, Fast Shipping Woodworkers Source

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You actually have two choices when you build. You can either use Cedar exclusively or just line the inside of the chest. If you decide to just line the chest, an alternative source is to look in the big box stores for the Cedar closet paneling.

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Welcome to the forum Peter , looking forward to seeing your projects

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Welcome, Peter!
just in case I misunderstood, you do know that Western Red Cedar isn't what's used in Cedar chests?
The normal material is 'Aromatic Cedar'. Completely different species of wood.
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Good luck with the project.
I've seen cedar chests made from western cedar, has a different aroma, but makes nice cedar chests, aroma doesn't last long, unless you resand it inside once a month. Spanish cedar has a nice aroma too.
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My apologizes for not explaining that one specifically but yes it will be aromatic red cedar from a company that deals exclusively in aromatic red cedar. 18$ does not sound bad at all based off of the cost of the closet inserts at the big box stores and other prices I have seen on aromatic cedar. Any recommendations on where to get the white oak? Has anybody dealt with hood distribution or McEwen products, I got steered towards them but have not contacted them yet.
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Peter; here's a few examples of Haida boxes made from WRC...
https://www.google.com/search?q=Haid...w=1920&bih=864
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