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Build the Cedar Chest shown on the right with just a few tools and a small investment in materials!

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Building a cedar chest is a project that can be fun and practical.   This simple, butt-jointed cedar chest can hold a good number of items or it can be customized to a larger size.  You can build this chest from one, 1 x 12 x 8' solid cedar board plus a few other necessities.  


Material List:

If old cedar boards are not available, purchase one, 1 x 12 x 8' solid cedar board for the sides and top panel (a 1 x 12 = 11-inch wide board).

One piece of 3/8" x 2' x 2' cedar plywood for the bottom panel.

One piece of 1 x 4 x 48" piece of solid cedar board for the top hinge connecting board.

1/2 pound, 1 5/8" Woodscrews.

Two hinges for the top; one interior, lid support; wood plugs and/or wood filler, and two handles.

Step 1, Cut the Cedar Chest Pieces - Select 1 x 12 x 8' solid cedar board; crosscut the 11" board into the three, 24" pieces and the two, 12" pieces, as shown above. 

Select the 3/8" x 24" x 24" plywood; crosscut this bottom panel to 22 3/4"; rip this panel to 12 3/4".

Select the 1 x 4 x 48" cedar board; Crosscut it to 24"; rip this piece to 3"; this will be used as the top brace.

Step 2, Assemble the Base - Select the Front, Back, and two Side panels; set the 3/8" dado blade to cut 3/8" deep; set the fence to 3/8"; cut the dado slot as defined along the bottom edge of all four panels, as shown below.

Select the Bottom panel and set it in place with the other four panels (Front, Back, two Sides); Use three, 1 5/8" screws to secure at each edge as shown above (pre-drill and counter sink each screw hole).

Step 3, Assemble the Top - Select the 1" x 3" x 24" board; attach it to the back edge of the box as shown above with 1 5/8" screws (pre-drill and counter sink each hole); select the top panel (11" x 24"), position it in place with its overhang to the front for a dry fit.

Step 4, Cut and Attach the Rigid Support Pieces - Select the remaining piece of 1 x 4 cedar board; crosscut it to 9 1/2"; rip it to two pieces @  3/4" x 3/4" square.  Attach the two strips to the Top Lid (interior surface) 2" in from the edges, as shown above with 1 1/4" screws (pre-drill and counter sink each hole). Select the Top Lid (11" x 24"), position it in place with its overhang, and attach the two hinges of your choice.

Select the interior lid support bracket and attach it per the given instructions.


Step 5, Complete the Cedar Chest- Fill all holes with wood plugs and/or filler, sand, and apply stain and poly to the exterior onlyDo not stain or poly the interior; sand the interior only, as cedar emits a natural, pleasing aroma; and it provides a natural deterrence to bugs.  Once the poly has cured on the exterior, apply pads or wheels to the bottom, two handles.

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