Small Chest

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Project by griff posted 11-27-2009 12:56 AM 1953 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a small chest I just finished , Its made from two board I pulled out of a stack of birch that I had ordered for a set of cabinets, I had never seen birch boards with that much disfigured grain before . They had been surfaced and had a lot of tear out. Used my wood master drum sander to sand out the tear out and smooth up all the end grain coming through the face of the boards. Had a hard time with the top, it was twisted. tried clamping and wetting and drying. nothing worked. I wound up ripping the top up in strips and gluing back twice before I got it flat, a lot more sanding. Made the little feet on the table saw All in all I think it turned out good. I like it. The chest is 21 1/2” long,13 1/4” wide and 13” tall Has a colonial Cherry stain, Whipping stain from Sherwin Williams and 4 coats of satin lacquer.

Hope its easy to your eyes.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#1 posted 11-27-2009 02:00 AM

Birch??? wow! that is some gnarly figure and grain! nice.
Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 11-27-2009 03:14 AM

Very impressive wood and very, very well done.

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#3 posted 11-27-2009 01:05 PM

Thanks, for the nice comments.

Autumn, without the spiral head cutter on the planer sanding was the only way I could work it.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#4 posted 11-27-2009 01:40 PM

Must be tear out and twisted grain go together. My sons cheery cabinets had just the same problem. Beautiful when they were done though.

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#5 posted 11-27-2009 04:18 PM

Beautiful wood and chest.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 11-28-2009 03:22 AM

Autumn. They are out of my price range to. The sander works just fine. Buying wood sounds better.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#7 posted 11-28-2009 04:32 AM

Man! You wont find anything like that in any store. Really beautiful, that’s working the wood, great job on that!!!!!!!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 11-28-2009 04:14 PM

Beautiful chest. I love the way you showed the wood grain. I agree with mtnwild, you won’t ever find anything that beautiful in a store. I’m working on a chest similiar to that, but just using pine. That is an amazing job. The stain really brings out that grain. Awesome job.

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

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#9 posted 11-30-2009 11:30 PM

very nice looking chest.

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#10 posted 11-30-2009 11:54 PM

I have seen some really nice figured wood painted simply because that is what the lumber company sent to the shop for a paint grade job. It is nice to know that there are some people that will pull out the nice pieces and make something special out of it. Beautiful! Keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#11 posted 12-06-2009 04:04 AM


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#12 posted 03-11-2010 01:17 AM

nice, very good work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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