Build a wooden chest from scratch.
I decided to build the chest from walnut grown, harvested, cured and milled on our farm. The wood had been curing for about four years in my barn and was ready to be used. Other wood choices would be oak, cherry, pecan, red cedar or even white pine. You might consider making the chest from plywood to cut the cost and make construction easier. This would eliminate gluing up the solid stock. It would also cut down on the weight somewhat, as well as possible warping problems. I had to glue up the top twice, due to a “twisted” board.
The Garden Plans Free Wooden Chest is another easy to build chest on our list that is perfect for new woodworkers to use to get started learning the art. It requires only a few boards and a minimal amount of tools. The author clearly explains and illustrates each step.
The My Outdoor Plans Wooden Chest is one of the easier projects on this list to build, and you make from mostly large boards that are glued and screwed together. It requires almost no tools, and the parts and materials list is minimal. This chest is a great starter project to get children interested in woodworking.
Choose the right wood for the job.
If you’re using the wood for cabinetry, the finish should be a major factor in the project. The wood ought to be smooth and consistent so the paint doesn’t make a rough or bumpy appearance. Your wood supplier can help you out if you’re unsure of what type of wood is the best to choose.
You’re already looking forward to your next DIY project. You have a plan, you have the tools, and you have the enthusiasm of the intrepid Do-It-Yourselfer. Now, you just have to choose the right wood for the job. Not all lumber is created equally, and it is essential to choose the right type of wood and grade for the task at hand.
Serious woodworkers prefer to buy rough-sawn wood and then flatten and machine those boards down to their desired thicknesses and widths. The advantage is that the boards have warped to their final shape, so when they’re flattened, they stay perfectly flat, straight and stable. However, that calls for two specialty tools, a jointer and a planer. To learn about this process, go to familyhandyman.com and search for “how to plane rough lumber.”