This project is a good one to hone your woodworking skills, Michael Dunbar says, either by machine or by hand. He offers tips on handsawing and jointer planing to get better results with less effort. He explains how to surface the panels and cut them square, and how to cut boot-jack ends and the stop joint, how to cut the rabbets and dadoes, make the till and assemble it without glue, and how to make and fit the lid. Dunbar demonstrates how to edge-glue panels, and a project plan includes details on till construction and thumbnail molding on the chest lid, bottom corners, back panels, and boot-jack ends.

From Fine Woodworking #134