Mesquite/Cedar chest

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Project by Mesquiteman posted 12-14-2009 12:18 AM 2553 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My recently finished project was a mesquite/cedar chest. The panels are all bookmatched and the top is bookmatched. I first intended that the top be square on both sides, but I couldn’t cut the natural edge off, it had too much character. So now I have to take the whole top off everytime I get something out of the chest. I think it is well worth it. The chest probably weighs about 150 pounds.

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 12:35 AM

very nice.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 12:50 AM

Wow. Amazing wood. You did a great job book matching the top.
You can still use hinges with that lid if you want. Just have to find the right style. I think Lee Valley has some that would work.


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#3 posted 12-14-2009 12:51 AM

very nice piece! I love it

You know, if you really want hinges, you could get somethign similar to car/truck hood hinges (or even put in some actual hinges of a car, they could hold the weight).... they lift as they tilt…


-- - Alex. Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 12-14-2009 12:58 AM

A beautiful chest and conversation piece, but at 150 pounds, I hope it doesn’t take too many tries to find the right place for it. As much as my wife likes to re-arrange…..

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#5 posted 12-14-2009 01:02 AM

Wow that’s some chest a true one of a kind and outstanding wood and figure.

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#6 posted 12-14-2009 01:10 AM

Thanks for the tips on the hinges, I will check them out.

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#7 posted 12-14-2009 01:23 AM

Great looking chest !! I sure would have a hard time cutting the natural edge off.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#8 posted 12-14-2009 01:23 AM

Very nice, love the live edge too, awesome wood!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#9 posted 12-14-2009 01:24 AM

That is one amazing chest. Love it

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

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#10 posted 12-14-2009 02:49 AM

That’s a beautiful top! You could still hinge it. The overhang on the back would act like a stop. On the other hand a removable top is fine too.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 12-14-2009 03:14 AM

very nice!!!

-- Greg

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#12 posted 12-14-2009 04:37 AM

Sweet. I’m glad we’re in the same town and I can get some of that beautiful wood.

-- Marc - Tucson, AZ

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#13 posted 12-14-2009 06:27 AM

very well done! I am with you, I wouldn’t have cut off the edges either.

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#14 posted 01-11-2010 10:31 PM

What type of wood is the the chest?
It is fantastic, Now that beautiful piece that you have used for the top, I guess over here in the down under I would have made a coffee table out of it, as it certainly is a great talking piece.
Well done I must say.

-- Kenscraft, Caboolture q.l.d....

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