Wormy Chestnut Gun Cabinet

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Project by GFresh posted 02-15-2015 02:43 PM 2594 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For Christmas a friend wanted an heirloom gun cabinet built for his teenage son as a surprise. The teenagers grandfather had an old building on their property, which was a hodgepodge of lumber… but the bulk was wormy chestnut. The teenager took the building down and removed the nails from the lumber in belief that I was building a hutch for his grandmother. All the boards were rough cut, and unfortunately for my planer, a lot of the boards were painted… but it really helped preserve the wood.

The back, floor, and tops were 2.5 inch strips glued together in panels, then cut to resemble wainscoting. The sides and doors were raised panels… and the detail around the top was supposed to be crown molding, but they ran out of usable material so I had to improvise. All the joinery was dado and glue, with a few nails when needed (they blended right in.) The design was not my own, it was a modified version of a gun cabinet owned by the grandfather. The mother had a few stipulations to the build, full front doors… no glass, and no stain… just a poly finish. They added felt after they gave him the cabinet.

Overall, I believe it was a success, and a pretty fun build after the planing was completed. The project has a great story, the parents and grandparents were very pleased, and the teenager was beside himself. I had a lot more pictures of the build, but from these you can get the gist. Hope you enjoy.

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#1 posted 02-15-2015 06:07 PM

GREAT job and what a wonderful way to make a whole family very happy.

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#2 posted 02-15-2015 06:56 PM

Vintage lumber has such a nice look to it and you have given it a second life.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#3 posted 02-15-2015 07:24 PM

That is a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#4 posted 02-15-2015 07:27 PM

Awesome! I’m sure he will love it forever.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#5 posted 02-15-2015 07:36 PM

Great job and great story!

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#6 posted 02-15-2015 09:13 PM

Beautiful cabinet, great work. The wormy chestnut makes it all the more beautiful.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 02-15-2015 11:40 PM

Beautiful. There is just something about that wormy chestnut.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 02-16-2015 12:02 AM

Nice work. One day I’d like to have the privilege to work with some chestnut. Maybe if these replanting projects work out it’ll become a common part of the North American forests again.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#9 posted 02-16-2015 04:28 AM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 02-22-2015 02:40 PM

that is just gorgeous. shoulda been a top 3.

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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