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Anyone interested in the chest plans feel free to contact me. I have a local place I get my lumber from that's very reasonable so the prices may fluctuate based on that, but it takes roughly 16 board feet to make minus the top. If a solid top it takes roughly 20 board feet. The ones I made out of oak I used a 3/4 in ply topped wrapped in solid oak banding that worked out with a 3/8 roundover. You can use rail and stiles for the panels or for flat panels I use 1/4 in. ply and a slotting bit on my router. The chest measures 22x42x18. A chest out of oak generally runs about $150 and cherry $175, I have made 3 this year, one as a hope chest for my 18 year old daughter and 2 for friends for their wives for Christmas. Rockler has brass plates that I have put on them with the names and Christmas 2009. Here's a material list to start:
16 to 20 bd ft lumber
2 boxes of tongue and groove cedar lining (takes almost the whole 30 sq ft.)
1 30 in. piano hinge
1 lid support
2 2x4 1/4 in. oak ply (if cherry, i used rockler for cherry veneer packs $15)
1 2x4 3/8 in MDF (for bottom)
KREG JIG and screws!!!

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I would like to have a copy of the plans. The chest looks great!
One can never have too many plans - and free is good!!!
Can you send me the plans to: dconter at verizon dot net.

I took a look at all your chests, great job. I like how you changed the front panel to mix things up a bit.
This looks great! I'm looking to make a military-style footlocker for a gift, so I'm pretty sure I can tweak the plans from this to make one. Thanks!!
robpetz at verizon dot net
Beautiful chest! I would be grateful indeed if you sent me the plans for it.


I would like a copy too as that is a beautiful piece... Thank you in advance!

Michael Beers said:
Beautiful chest! I would be grateful indeed if you sent me the plans for it.


The chest is very nice, I would like to have a copy of the plans also. Thanks,
Hi Justin this would be a good project for me and my grand daughters.Also to I went and purchased the cyclone ( 30 gallon garbage can) for my new dust collector,You need this with yours it is great when planning on thickness planner.

If you dont mind I too would like plans

Beautifully done and exactly what I was looking for. If you get a chance please send me a copy of the plans too. My email address is Thanks
Forgot me Email address:

Tom Pynaker said:
I would like a copy too as that is a beautiful piece... Thank you in advance!

Michael Beers said:
Beautiful chest! I would be grateful indeed if you sent me the plans for it.


Wow that is an awesome chest with nice old school design, I would most definitely appreciate having a copy of those plans please email them to me at

Many Thanks in Advance
would love those plans, it's a great looking chest. I would love to build it as a hope chest for my daughter. If you don't mind here is my e-mail again.
Hey folks, I'm sorry I'm just now getting back on here. I lost the plans in my laptop when it crashed, but I am trying to take measurements off of the one that I have so I can post them on here for everyone. Sorry for the delay>

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