Oak Strongbox

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Project by Jarmo posted 03-28-2015 02:39 AM 1163 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This oak chest, which I like to think of as a strongbox, was the first thing I ever made out of wood. Back in 2009 my uncle gave me some oak and helped me build this. Importantly, he helped me fix most of the mistakes I made on it. Having no understanding of wood movement at the time, I decided to nail on the steel bar stock that encompasses the chest, and some cracks have developed because of that. The metal is held on with cut nails that are bent in on the inside.

When I finished it my uncle gave me a jar of Danish oil and probably told me how to apply it, but about 10 days and 10 coats later it was sort’ve a sticky mess. This thing was sticky in places and smelled like Danish oil for the following 5 years, and only after I lightly sanded it and applied paste wax last summer did it quit stinking. Despite all this I really like the chest, and building it was my introduction to woodworking, even though I didn’t really get started on my own for years later.

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#1 posted 03-29-2015 12:08 PM

Very nice and does indeed look strong. For a first project it looks amazing.

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

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