I had intended to make the carcase of this chest out of Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) or reclaimed Yellow Pine (Pinus taeda, Pinus palustris, Pinus echinata etc.) – either would have been historically appropriate – but in the end, I opted for Hoop Pine (Araucaria cunninghamii). Although not pertinent to the period, it’s fairly bland and ultimately a reasonable substitute for Spruce (Picea excelsa) and other pale deals of the period.
I prepared 7/8″ thick boards for the top and bottom panels of the carcase and 1-1/8″ thick boards for the gables. I rubbed the boards together with glue and stood them aside to dry.
When dry, I cleaned up the panels, squared them, cut the housings in them for the dustboards and planed the rebates for the backboards.
I cut the dovetails in the panels and dry-assembled them to check for fit (I only noticed the gaps in the lower left joints after I took this picture; a couple of knocks with a mallet rectified the matter).
The next step is to make the dustboards and the divider for the top drawers.