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Project by jmartel posted 09-18-2014 01:37 AM 2779 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend of mine is getting married this weekend, so I decided to build him a wedding present. The only requirements that he gave me was that it should be a medium colored wood, and that it be either Craftsman style or Rustic. I gave him a few selections for wood, and he ended up settling on Alder. Coincidentally, I found someone on craigslist selling some that same day for only $1.50/bdft so it worked out well.

After some deliberation, I decided to make him and his soon to be wife the traditional wedding gift of a blanket/hope chest. I was going to create my own design until I came across Wood Magazine’s from Feb/March 2005.

I ended up deciding to try incorporating butterfly inlays into the design as well, since I haven’t used them before. I used African Blackwood for the inlay, and a more decorative butterfly shape that I had come across a few years ago. Additionally, I filled in the cracks with epoxy to be sure.

Finish is Arm-R-Seal followed up with paste wax that was rubbed in with #0000 steel wool.

Last picture shows my cats exploring it after it was finally finished since they have to get into everything.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.





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Pezking7p

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#1 posted 09-18-2014 01:59 AM

The alder turned out so freakin sweet. It strikes he perfect balance between nice grain, good color, and rustic without looking like a 70’s cabin.

-- -Dan

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#2 posted 09-18-2014 02:22 AM

Turned out really nice. I especially like the butterflies.

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#3 posted 09-18-2014 02:29 AM

Beautifully crafted, J! The butterflies bring it to the next level. Great gift. Sure to be treasured! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 09-18-2014 03:52 AM

That is really cool. The craftsmanship is 2nd to none. Great job. Im sure it will be a family heirloom to be treasured and passed down thru the generations. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 08:18 AM

Great job, made one of these for my wife a while back and she loves it. I’m sure they love it as well. Alder is some fun easy wood to work with isnt it?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 09-18-2014 08:19 AM

Great job, made one of these for my wife a while back and she loves it. I’m sure they love it as well. Alder is some fun easy wood to work with isnt it?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 09-18-2014 12:32 PM

Beautiful work Jmart.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 09-18-2014 12:43 PM

JM, wonderfull work and the butterfly inlay just tops it off!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#9 posted 09-18-2014 01:06 PM

Awseome job. I really like this design, the grain selection is perfect for the top. Did you decide to forgo putting their initials in?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 09-18-2014 01:23 PM

That’s a nice piece. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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ohwoodeye

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#11 posted 09-18-2014 02:09 PM

You gave them 2 cats as a wedding present????
Ooooooh…...never mind.
Nice build.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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pintodeluxe

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#12 posted 09-18-2014 04:48 PM

Beautiful chest. That is one to be proud of for sure.
Well done all-around.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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moke

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#13 posted 09-18-2014 05:00 PM

That is a piece of art….your friend is a very lucky man!!
Mike

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#14 posted 09-18-2014 05:09 PM

Thanks for the positive comments, everyone. It was actually a pretty simple/quick build for anyone looking at designs. It is from Feb/March 2005 Wood Magazine.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#15 posted 09-18-2014 05:27 PM

Looks pretty sweet Jmart. I have always loved the look of Alder. I like its warm color and charactered knots. Nicely done!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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