Virgil Johnson's Silver Chest

KENTUCKY SUGAR CHEST
A traditional design becomes a silver chest.

SHOP OWNER: Virgil Johnson
LOCATION: Versailles, KY

    This is my version of a Kentucky sugar chest. My wife and I saw one at a woodworkers show and both liked the piece, so I built one later that year from some air dried cherry that I had sawn a few years earlier.

    The top opens into a large chest and is used to store china. Original pieces were designed to store sugar, as it was a valuable commodity in the early frontier. The top chest is through dovetailed. The drawer is hand-dovetailed and has ash sides and a soft maple, raised panel bottom. The finish is multiple coats of natural Deftoil.

    A copy of the plan for this piece can be downloaded from Loren Hutchinson’s site at www.sky.net/~lorenh/

...Virgil Johnson

 

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