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Cedar Chest Plan

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Cedar Chest Plan
Cedar Chest Plan
A classic, handsome and sturdy storage chest. Calls for cedar, but pine and oak also work well.
(1) Cedar Chest Plan
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Manufacturer Part Number 572
Weight 0.1200
Tech Spec
  • Finished Project Measures: 20" H x 48" L x 20" D
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Good plan
Easy to read. Would be nice if it gave an estimate of board feet.
August 20, 2018
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Cedar chest plans
Great plans and very easy to follow !!! Making 3 of them for Christmas presents.
May 28, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
When I was considering building a cedar chest , this was the exact plan I had in my mind. thanks
March 5, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Cedar chest
Nice pattern very easy to read
September 13, 2015
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Pretty Good
Made a few modifications. Easy Basic Box type project.
May 21, 2014
Easy plans
Simple plan, easy to follow.
May 1, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Working with the plans presently. Some details could be more visible but overall they are working well.
February 24, 2016
over 3 years ago
Plan was laid out well. It...
Plan was laid out well. It could have more measurements for some of the details. I made chest out of pine panels sold by lowe's and stained it using minswax products. finished it with semi gloss polyurthane. Lined chest with cedar closet liner 1/4 inch. It will be used as a shower gift for my daughter. I will use other plans in to make a wedding gift.
January 26, 2011
this is a very basic set of plans,and joinery. ok for a beginner
October 20, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
I made this chest for a...
I made this chest for a wedding gift. I thought some of the techniques were a little out dated, but, I changed some things, & it still turned out excellent! I used a brown cedar for the exterior & lid. I lined it with aromatic cedar fresh cut from Nebraska. The lining pieces were 6" wide x 1/4" & worked ok. I glued the pieces in and then nailed them with an air nailer. I changed the placement of the dust seal on the lid, & also added handles to each side made out of alder. The plans said to use boiled linseed oil for the finish, but I decided against that, & used Minwax fast drying clear coat. I put three coats on, & it looks great!!
October 28, 2007
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Why did you choose this?
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Hope/blanket chest for my daughter
John R on Mar 17, 2019
my wife has wanted a cedar chest like her mother had for some time and I have a abundance of cedar to use up.
Goodwin H on Jan 22, 2019
Hope/blanket chest for my daughter
John R on Mar 17, 2019
Liked the look.
James K on Mar 15, 2019
my wife has wanted a cedar chest like her mother had for some time and I have a abundance of cedar to use up.
Goodwin H on Jan 22, 2019
I want to make it
Paul N on Jan 15, 2019
Best looking option for building a cedar chest for my wife.
Brett B on Aug 4, 2018
Making for Toys for Tots to raffel off to make money for Christmas toys. This plan was what i was looking for.
Tom H on Jul 30, 2018
It seems like a simple project and it's been a while since done woodworking.
Melvin M on Jul 21, 2018
Daughter is getting married
Jack J on Jul 14, 2018
Would love to put a special touch on and older plan.
WILLIAM K on Apr 19, 2018
Looks like an easy project for next winter. Need storage for wool sweaters.
Gary C on Apr 12, 2018
My wife liked it. I thought it would be a good choice for a beginner wood worker.
Jack H on Feb 17, 2018
liked looks
Richard S on Jan 11, 2018
Need to build 4 chests for the granddaughters
Allen C on Dec 15, 2017
Gift for my wife
Charles S on Dec 6, 2017
Have cedar and son wants one so it'll be ready by Christmas
William M on Sep 25, 2017
I want to make a hope chest for my granddaughter
Ronald H on Aug 6, 2017
It is exactly what I need to help me sort and give keep sake items to each of my children. The dimensions will accommodate a number of scrapbooks and various items.
Tina B on Jul 25, 2017
Wife picked out design. I have used plans from Rockler in the past and found them complete and easy to follow.
Keith B on May 6, 2017
because it was from rockler
James S on Mar 31, 2017
making this for my granddaughter'16th. birthday
joey b on Dec 28, 2016
Larry T on Nov 8, 2016
I needed a set of plans for a cedar chest. I received these plans and they had really nice directions with a good materials list. I found it easy to use the materials list at the lumber and get what I needed in one trip.
Herb C on Oct 5, 2016
It does not look to difficult to build & it looks great
BEN D on Sep 12, 2016
I have 9 granddaughters to make Hope Chests for. This is the design I prefer.
GEORGE C on Jul 19, 2016
I have been wanting to make a hope chest for my wife to commemorate our wedding. This looked like the best plan.
Kevin H on Jul 4, 2016
Wanted to make a hope chest for my granddaughter.
JAMES E I on May 10, 2016
wanted to try a cedar project and need to make a chest
Pamela S on Feb 1, 2016
Just wanted to see how the classic design matched what I have been doing for my customers.
Allan C on Jan 11, 2016
Liked the plan.
Arthur F on Dec 12, 2015
christmas presents to build.
Kris S on Dec 1, 2015
gonna make a couple for grandchildren
Thomas H on Nov 11, 2015
for grand children
JAMES G on Oct 28, 2015
needed to make a Christmas present for the in-laws and the picture is exactly what I need.
Richard E on Oct 17, 2015
My grand daughter saw it and said that she would like one just like the picture
Peter M on Oct 17, 2015
have a lot of aromatic cedar to build with
Gerald B on Sep 25, 2015
this chest plan was exactly what I was looking for and I chose it because the plans contained all real size measurements & was easy to follow
gordon s on Aug 29, 2015
Like the look of the picture and want to examine the plans.
Steven K on Aug 26, 2015
For my grand daughters!
Harry on Jul 15, 2015
My wife wants a cedar chest. Thought I'd try it.
Paul K on Jun 7, 2015
i liked the look of
keith h on Jun 6, 2015
I promised my daughter one of these several year ago. It's about time to keep my word.
George B on Apr 26, 2015
very pretty always like the way cedar looks
Rex M on Apr 26, 2015
Wanted to see the plans for this chest. I have a very overdue project and wanted some options.
Jesse S on Apr 9, 2015
Liked the look.
James K on Mar 15, 2019
I want to make it
Paul N on Jan 15, 2019
Remove scratches on cedar chest?
kendra h on Jun 25, 2016
Cedar chest plan? Is this just instructions" how to build one?
A shopper on Apr 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The plan includes a "full scale" side showing templates for several items on the chest i.e. the bottom and side base supports. A Recommended Tools list, a Bill of Material with cut list. Opposite the full scale side there are tips & order of assembly with photos. I have not built the chest, however, the instructions look complete.
What are the dimension?
Charles I on Sep 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: hello ,I made my dimensions as follows, length: 45 inches, height with base attached 24 inches , width 21 inches. I found this plan easy to follow .with a few simple calculations you can pretty much make your chest to any size using these plans.
Is this a paper plan or do I have to download it?
James G on Aug 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is a paper plan with template for some or most parts
Where do I get the hinges for the lid?
Mark R on Jul 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I used a brass colored piano hinge, and I have built 3. You can get at Lowe’s or Home Depot
what tools are required? (want to make sure it's something I can actually accomplish!)
Brian M on May 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I used a table saw, orbital sander, router (handles), jig saw, 4 36 inch clamps, speed and carpenter squares and nailer, carpenter glue, sponge and small pail. finish sand with 240 grit sandpaper and hand sander. total time ~ 40 hours. do not paint or varnish interior, recommend 1 inch material for lid (seat).
What type of lock do you suggest to put on this?
Mark S on Oct 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Surface Mounted Cedar Chest Lock and Latch

Item #: 28233
so do the plans have templates on the other side like Art B said?
kbaker on Feb 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The plans have templates for the legs. The complete information contained in the packet are very very good. There was never a question how to do the complete project. Also everyone that has seen the Cedar Chest is WOW how nice.
What size is the chest?
Theresa J on Jun 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Finished Project Measures: 20" H x 48" L x 20" D
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