Silverware Chest in honor of Grandma

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Project by ravensrock posted 09-11-2015 01:58 AM 1692 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my other projects of 2014. My 99 year old grandmother died in March just a few months short of what would have been her 100th birthday. I received her silverware set she and my grandfather had purchased in 1947. It’s case was falling apart and I thought it needed something special. I found the plans for this one in an issue of Woodworker’s Journal and thought it would be perfect. It is mostly solid walnut with a walnut plywood bottom and wenge dovetail keys to reinforce the mitered joints. I splurged on the Brusso hardware the magazine recommended- very expensive but very nice. It was coated with several coats of spray shellac and wax. I hope to pass it on to my kids and grandkids someday.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#1 posted 09-11-2015 02:26 AM

First sorry for you and your families loss, one of life’s challanges no doubt.

Great work on this all the way around! The hinges and work are beautiful. Amazing once you use the good ones you never go back or regret you did, like I did once.

I’m sure it will be in your family for many yrs to come.

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

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#2 posted 09-11-2015 10:11 AM

Beautiful piece – good for another 68 years no sweat!

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#3 posted 09-11-2015 05:42 PM

Its a beautiful piece to preserve your families heirlooms, and will certainly have meaning as its preserved and passed onto the generations, with your contribution to the set as well. Great job!

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#4 posted 09-11-2015 06:14 PM

Very nicely done! It’s great to see people still appreciate good silverware and cherish it as the family heirloom it deserves. Your grandmother would be extremely proud of your work and what you have done to preserve a great treasure of her life.

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

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#5 posted 09-11-2015 06:50 PM

Very nice piece and generations should enjoy it. Your Grandmother would be proud. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 09-11-2015 11:59 PM

That’s a great looking silverware chest! You certainly made a nice home for some handsome silverware, and will be able to pass this on to the next several generations!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 03-31-2017 04:33 PM

This is stellar workmanship, very impressive!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#8 posted 03-31-2017 04:46 PM

Thanks Jerry!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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