Figured Birch Small Chest

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Project by mgb_2x posted 12-31-2009 12:03 AM 3015 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished my first project using Birch. I stop by Pekin Hardwoods a few times each week to see whats new and show the guys my latest project. They know I am a sucker for any wood that has nice figure. They recently got some Flame Birch in and knew I would bite and of course I did. I usually build smaller boxes but had wanted to build a few small chests so I thought that would be a good use for this wood. Pretty straight forward design, nothing tricky or special. Used Padauk and Wenge for the inlay on the top. I am pleased with the result and will likely use the chest to store some of my more special stuff.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#1 posted 12-31-2009 12:06 AM

nice box

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 12:16 AM

Very nice , indeed , very simple and subtle

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 12:26 AM

Wow that is really very nice work. Clean and neat joinery and details.

What finish did you use? I’m not familiar with Flame Birch and cannot diffrenciate between the bare wood and the finished one.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 12:33 AM

Thanks, I use Danish oil on most of the work I plan to keep, rub in 5 or 6 coats over several days with a light steel wool rubdown and then finish with wax. Using the term Flame to denote a figured piece of birch may be alocal thing.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 12:35 AM

Cool chest… the inlay is fantastic.

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#6 posted 12-31-2009 02:28 AM

The inlays really top it off!!

-- 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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#7 posted 12-31-2009 03:43 AM

that is really nice – beautiful wood

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#8 posted 12-31-2009 06:30 AM

Wonderful wonderful

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#9 posted 01-01-2010 05:05 AM

Very nice. I like it.
Good job on the dovetails.


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#10 posted 01-02-2010 05:08 AM

I like the detail and the overall design of the lid, will there be a tray in the chest? I noticed the bracket inside the chest in picture 3

Very nice look to your chest.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#11 posted 01-02-2010 06:41 PM

Thanks for the nice comments and I do plan to add a few trays that will set on the set of rails.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#12 posted 01-02-2010 06:58 PM

I call it Flame Birch in my neck of the woods as well…..depending on the lighting and finish , the grain appears like flames dancing in the wood. I love the stuff ! Flame Birch Lazy Susan

How big is your project ? I thought it was a box on a table , but I see you are calling it a small chest… The inlays add a nice touch to the lid and your finish is very nice …. I like the way you let the wood do the talking : )

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#13 posted 01-06-2010 04:51 PM

Dusty the Chest is 18 by 12 and 9 tall, not sure where the line is between boxes and chests.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#14 posted 01-07-2010 04:32 AM

Yup , it’s kind of like a cutting board vs. a chopping block …..which is which ? When does one become the other ? LOL

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#15 posted 04-10-2010 06:03 PM

I agree. Flame birch looks amazing!

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