|Project by Richard||posted 11-08-2009 10:34 PM||3707 views||5 times favorited||16 comments|
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 Boise, Idaho