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derekcohen 04-12-2016 03:25 PM

Re: Building the Lingerie Chest
Too many hours, Neil! :eek:

Been at it 12 months of weekends. A few more to go.

Regards from Perth


Poto 04-12-2016 04:14 PM

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It's really stunning, Derek. I showed the latest pictures to my daughter - she said, "Can you make me one?" I'm thinking, "Probably not!"

The arch on the bottom rail really ties the curves together. Would you consider arching the top as well. It might really finish it off nicely. And since the top is designed to be raised, you wouldn't be putting things on it anyway.

And just how much lingerie does your wife have?!? :eek:

(I'm assuming this is for your wife's lingerie - not yours...)

derekcohen 04-12-2016 04:41 PM

Re: Building the Lingerie Chest
My wife says I "may" get the bottom drawer ... if I am lucky.

I did consider a curve at the top, however I think that it would make it look too heavy. The top will be low and the edge be coved (like the mouldings). That should tie it all together, as well as create a grip to lift the lid.

Regards from Perth


PaulG 04-14-2016 06:20 AM

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That's a gorgeous piece. It's been a joy to watch the progress.

derekcohen 06-06-2016 03:13 PM

Top of the world to you!
Top of the world to you!

Well, my wife is partly Irish, and we are getting close to completing her Lingerie Chest.

My last post completed the drawers, and now attention is turned to the top of the chest ...

This was a saga. I built and rejected three tops before settling on the one below. There were a variety of mouldings, and none fitted in, even the subtle ones. In the end it was a case of less is more. Book matched Makore (as with the carcase) ...

As seen here, the panel is reinforced by breadboard ends. The breadboards line up with the side frames.

So here is the completed carcase. I apologise for the inaccurate colour - it should be a little more red. New camera and still trying to sort out the lighting. Trying to learn to take better photographs!

Here's the obligatory dovetail picture, which most have seen already. The bowed drawers (figured Jarrah) are difficult to judge in this photo, but the curves will show up in the top shortly ..

So, let's see what happens when we lift the top ...

The chest is just 48" high, and the mirror allows it to double as a dressing bureau. This will be covered in dark blue leather.

The hinges for the top are heavy-duty Brusso butt hinges that have a built-in stop at 95 degrees. Holding up the top and mirror is not a problem - my concern was to ensure the lid did not fall down! I searched for months for a suitable brass stay, but could not find one anywhere. The problem was that it needed to fit into a narrow space, and all the ones I looked at needed more room than I had. In the end I designed and built my own.

A brass bits-and-pieces, reshaped, fitted together ...

The stay and catch are french fit into the top. There is a finger hole to access the head, then swing it over and into the catch. It works really well.

And one last photo. Apologies for the gruesome person in the background :)

I am now working on the last part of the Lingerie Chest: sliding jewellery trays in the top drawer.

Regards from Perth


PaulG 06-06-2016 06:47 PM

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That is coming together beautifully, very impressive.

Wonderwino 06-08-2016 03:23 PM

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Absolutely spectacular! :thumbsup2: :thumbsup2: :thumbsup2:

neilc 06-10-2016 02:27 PM

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That is fantastic! Very nice how you did the ball catch with the brass rod.

So much wonderful but subtle detail in this piece, Derek. You have done a great job!


derekcohen 06-11-2016 02:06 PM

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Neil, here is a bit of detail about the brass stay.

I probably have the largest range of brass stays in the history of mankind, collected in the course of research for this build ... Oh, I think that will do it! Cha-ching (sound of me paying for another stay) .... Damn, too large to fit!

Originally, I had planned to situate the stay to the right side and inside the tray. This has a depth of about 1 1/2". It was this that was too shallow for all the stays I came across. Here is what I came up with ...

I was wandering around the local hardware store looking for inspiration when an idea formed around these door closers (front) and (at the rear) box hinges ..

I managed to find brass pipes with a 5mm hole and 5mm brass thread. The brass thread fitted the pipe to create a strong brass rod.

The "catch" (female) was modified: the wings with screw lugs were removed (needed to reduced the width and make a neater fitting), a screw hole was drilled in the centre, the springs were removed and shortened (re reduce tension), and the case ground back by about 2mm each side.

The "lug" (male) was also modified: shortened and rounded (as it needed to fit at an angle. The existing square shape only permitted entry if all parts were square with one another). The brass thread was tapped into the lug ....

Here is the end with the box hinge ...

This was also 5mm diameter .... see how it was meant to be?

Once the lower section was epoxied together, the lid was morticed for the catch (to prevent it moving on the single screw) ...

Once this was done, the stay was attached (clicked in), and the position for the pivot could be marked for drilling ...

And the rest (drilling, grooving and morticing for the stay) is, as they say, history.

Regards from Perth


TahoeTwoBears 06-11-2016 04:48 PM

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Just amazing. I'm thoroughly impressed by your craftsmanship and attention to detail. Kudos.

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