Glen Huey's Boston Block-Front Chest


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I began Glen Huey's Massachusetts Block Front today.

I have viewed Bruce Leonard's chest which is just beautiful.  Can anyone help clarify the following:

I printed the patterns and expanded them to 1/16th per square.  I then attached the two templates to give me the 34 ?? drawer fronts indicated on the plan. I would like confirmation that:

1)  the convex is 10? wide with a 1 3/8? flat surface on either side of the convex (the plans show 1 3/8?, but the handwritten measurement on the plywood template says 1 ??)

2)  this determined the concave 8 7/8? wide.  This seems much narrower than the photo indicates.

Also, the drawer dividers are 35 5/16?.  I suspect the sliding dovetails of 3/8? on either end (embedded into each carcass side) leaves a drawer opening of 34 9/16? (too large for the drawer fronts of 34 ??).  So I am slightly hesitant to begin without clarification because this is the heart and soul of this beautiful chest.

I figure the rest will come together nicely after I get this done, but I want to begin with correct measurements.

Thank you for your input.

Rolly Rhodes

7609 Lovetta Drive

Bakersfield, CA 93308

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