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Project by Demowen posted 07-15-2009 11:11 PM 2323 views 8 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two chests that I just did this summer for a couple of wedding presents. The chests are built to a size that would be great for sitting them by the entryway to sit on and change your shoes. They can use them however they want though. I already delivered the hickory chest and will give the curly maple chest to my cousin and his wife very soon! I hope they like it!

The hickory chest was for a college friend of mine. The curly maple one is for my cousin/college roommate and his wife to be. The panels of the curly chest is some spalted or ambrosia maple that happened to be curly. I re-sawed the panels ,on my table and band saw in order to have some sort of matching appeal. The finish on the hickory is just BLO, the finish on the Curly maple is BLO, several coats of polyurethane, and a top coat of butcher’s wax.

Please, I’d love to hear your comments, concerns, criticism, ideas or just jabber. :)

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17





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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 07-15-2009 11:41 PM

Very nice chests and really like the maple one!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 07-15-2009 11:42 PM

Hi, very nice design and execution on this. Love the grain patterns running in the wood. Well done!

-- Bob A in NJ

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Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 07-15-2009 11:44 PM

Hi, very nice design and execution on these. Love the grain patterns running in the wood. Well done!

-- Bob A in NJ

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cwdance1

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#4 posted 07-16-2009 12:08 AM

Great job

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 07-16-2009 01:54 AM

Great chest with most interesting woods well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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lew

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#6 posted 07-16-2009 02:25 AM

These are really super.

The color contrast on the curly maple chest is stunning. The dark and light of the panels and plugs really makes this piece stand out.

Very nice work on both.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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CSlabon

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#7 posted 07-16-2009 02:26 AM

Wow if they don’t like them I’ll take em. That maple is a beauty.

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#8 posted 07-16-2009 02:54 AM

Ambrosia maple is gorgeous!! I love them both, I bet the Hickory is heavy!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Demowen

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#9 posted 07-16-2009 03:10 AM

I love the ambrosia maple too! Where I get it, the folks are Mennonites. I don’t think they like “wormy maple” so it sells for $1.75 a B.F. !!!! These panels were found with the curly maple so they were around $3 a BF. Still…. that’s a great price! If anyone needs/wants to know where the planing mill i!s, just message me :) Thanks Everyone!

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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#10 posted 07-16-2009 03:10 AM

Great job on the cabinet. Awesome craftsmanship.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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huff

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#11 posted 07-16-2009 03:58 AM

The Hickory is a great looking chest, but Wow! The curly maple is breath taking! great combination using the curly ambrosia maple for the panels. Sounds like you got a steal on the “wormy maple” Great Job.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#12 posted 07-16-2009 05:24 AM

Nice chest.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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SheriDi

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#13 posted 07-16-2009 05:53 AM

Beautiful. It’s an awesome gift that will last forever! You’ve given me an idea for a wedding gift I’ll be making in the near future.

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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tomakazi

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#14 posted 07-16-2009 08:14 AM

WOW these are really cool… great wood choices.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#15 posted 07-16-2009 03:13 PM

Beautiful, just plain gorgeous chests. I would have liked to have seen you do something with the Legs either scalloped footing or just a round foot I think would have jazzed them up a tad. But there is nothing and I mean nothing wrong with what you have made, they are two great chests.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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