Trunk #3 - Maple

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 07-26-2014 02:22 AM 1494 views 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Getting down to crunch time getting ready for the Buffalo Chip Campground for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Keep adding to the collection hoping these are really popular. This was an old maple log I sawed hoping for “perfect” maple for the trunk. Of course it was obviously not perfect maple. But I liked it and decided to use it anyway.

42”×20”×20” for size. Lots of coats of Polyurethane. Red cedar lining.

Thanks for reading and all comments are welcome

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 07-26-2014 02:35 AM

And a fine chest it is!!!

Wish that I could come help you at Sturgis.
We could take turns going to “Bikini Beach”....
That and going to the “Adult Beverage” purveyors!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 07-26-2014 02:41 AM

Very nice and great display of grain. Good luck in Sturgis and try not to get into too much trouble (of course, the real secret is not to get caught).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 07-26-2014 02:43 AM

Monte- that is a chest with character…. Nice job sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 07-26-2014 02:50 AM

The maple and the patern in the trunk works! Best of Luck at the show Monte! :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 07-26-2014 03:07 AM

Great choice of Maple. You brought out the beauty.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#6 posted 07-26-2014 03:11 AM

Interesting. I like the look of the maple.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#7 posted 07-26-2014 03:16 AM

What beautiful grain you found makes this one special and good selling in Sturgis .

-- Kiefer 松

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#8 posted 07-26-2014 03:47 AM

There is no doubt in my mind that you will do great with the chests Monte..They are definite sellers.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#9 posted 07-26-2014 07:51 AM

Looks perfect to me, Monte!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 07-26-2014 10:10 AM

Monte that is beautiful


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 07-26-2014 10:30 AM

Very nice trunk, Monte. The character shows well. It really is the perfect maple.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 07-26-2014 10:41 AM

see i would have cut this up and loved it right off, so much character in this wood, this is one i would buy , i hope you also do well, the cedar linings should be a good selling point…this is a really nice trunk..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 07-26-2014 10:47 AM

You can always find a nice chest at Sturgis…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#14 posted 07-26-2014 02:09 PM

It may not be perfect maple but it is perfect for that chest. Your work just gets better and better. How is your shop rebuild doing?

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#15 posted 07-26-2014 02:32 PM

Very Nice Work Indeed . . .

Now, lots of us have a chain saw and a couple of old trees. Mine’s a box store mid sized Husqvarna. I even have a can of poly and some cedar lining hiding in my workshop. But there’s no way I could make something as nice looking as this chest with my saw. So, would you please enlighten us on how you went from old partially rotted tree to these good looking boards!

Thanks for sharing

-- Barry

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