Lodgepole Pine Chest

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Project by Richard posted 11-08-2009 10:34 PM 3799 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Blue stained Lodgepole Pine Chest
The chest is 30 inches long, by 18 inches wide, by 20 inches tall. A friend of mine was sawing lodgepole pine for his barns and noticed the blue staining in the logs. Many people dislike the blue staining, but I think its has a rustic look to it. Lodgepole pine is nice to work with, and it seems a little harder than your typical pine when it is dried. Then ring handles are also turned pieces of thick lodgepole pine. Its best to use pieces with very tight growth rings so the handles remain stable. There are two bins inside for storing stuff. Usiually I include a hidden compartment and fill it with those chocolate gold coins, for effect. For the finish, I used Tounge Oil, and a light layer of wax over it for a soft feel.

Overall a fun project to build. When building chests, I like using lesser known woods like Lodgepole pine, honey locust, silver maple, ect. They make the project more unique, and it also supports people who have their own sawmills. Local sawyers will have stuff you can’t find at the chain lumber stores. You should try using different species when building. Oak, walnut, cherry is fine, but I am always amazed of what is growing in our yards and parks, and that is where a local sawer can help you out.

Richard in
Boise, Idaho

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 11-08-2009 10:38 PM

That is gorgeous and your shop mate seems to like it as well. How much does it weigh? The chest, not your helper. lol Looks heavy.

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#2 posted 11-08-2009 11:19 PM

Very nice work I like THAT CHEST.One if a kind

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#3 posted 11-08-2009 11:21 PM

Wow i love the chest it looks great i really like the handels you did a excellent job.

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#4 posted 11-09-2009 12:24 AM

Cool chest unique wood and and handles good job.

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#5 posted 11-09-2009 12:24 AM

Nice job! Welcome to LJ!! I thought yoiu might be in idaho when i saw lodgepoe in the title ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 11-09-2009 01:46 AM

I agree that different gets attention. I also have a friend that is a sawyer. He loves to save out different pieces for me just to see what can be done with it. Nice job, welcome.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 11-09-2009 01:46 AM

THAT looks fantastic. Thanks for posting this, I’ve never heard of lodgepole pine and it looks beautiful. Very cool handles!

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#8 posted 11-09-2009 03:01 AM

Beautiful chest and the pine colour looks different.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 11-09-2009 04:44 AM


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#10 posted 11-09-2009 06:52 AM

That’s different and unique. Nice chest and craftemanship. Wish I could get that pine here.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#11 posted 11-09-2009 08:07 AM

Super nice chest…....gotta love them handles…...great job.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#12 posted 11-09-2009 07:38 PM

love that blue pine. I like the handles. Welcome to LJs.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#13 posted 11-10-2009 05:03 AM

I just love the color and the handles. Thanks for sharing your great work.

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#14 posted 11-10-2009 05:12 PM

An absolutely beautiful chest. The lodgepole pine is very beautiful. I appreciate the fact you use varied woods for your projects. I love the handles. Thanks for sharing your work.

-- Tony, Pliny,WV "Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or keep one."- Robert E. Lee

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#15 posted 11-12-2009 03:08 AM

That is one great looking chest. The blue stain is remarkable. A great creation

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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