Cedar Chests From Reclaimed Wood

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Project by BusterB posted 11-09-2016 03:53 PM 1366 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last spring my nephew and I salvaged some cedar out of a early 1900’s farmhouse that had been donated to the local fire department for live burn training. Varying widths but all 3/4” thick. Needless to say, it was well seasoned and was really brittle and split easily but I still managed to salvage enough so far to build 4 cedar chests. Been piddling on these pretty much all summer but will be glad to get these first three out of the shop floor. The guy who requested these was excited about the “rustic” nail holes, sawmill marks and wood defects so we have gotten along fine… lol. Used brass handles and piano hinges to contrast with all that red. Finished with clear brush on polyurethane.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#1 posted 11-09-2016 04:21 PM

Very nice chests, Buster. Todd will be very proud of you for your choice of wood!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-09-2016 04:50 PM

Those some awesome boards you get. Lucky guy. They look quite massive, sure someone will save some space filling them up.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 11-09-2016 05:16 PM

Beautiful !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#4 posted 11-09-2016 05:53 PM

Great save Buster, these are beautifully crafted. Nice job!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 11-09-2016 06:30 PM

Those are so awesome, great job!

-- "The Cedar King"

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#6 posted 11-09-2016 07:48 PM

Heck ya buddy nice re-use. Great work…. Hope all is well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 11-09-2016 08:44 PM

Another fine job, and/or jobs, by BusterB!! Wow dude, those are beautiful. Nice looking pile of rescued lumber, it would have been too bad to see that cedar burned. Tearing things down and cleaning the lumber after is a royal pain, but you made it worth your time. I can see why you would want them out of your shop, they would chew up some floor space right quick. Excellent job, buddy.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#8 posted 11-09-2016 09:48 PM

Jim- Thank you sir!!! Todd is my technical advisor when it comes to cedar…of course his would have been built outta 3” thick stock and weighed 900 pounds…lol

Ivan- Thank you sir. 30” long, 18” wide and 20 3/4” deep (counting feet and lid) so you can put a blanket or two in there.

Jimbo – Thank you sir!!!

L2L- thank you Lee. Don’t know about all that crafted stuff but those old timers must have found a good sale on nails…lol

Todd- thank you cedar king!!! The advice you gave me on clear poly was top shelf buddy!!!

Ken- thank you sir. Hoping things will get better after I get the fourth one finished. I officially hate sanding cedar. My wife pulled up the other day while I was sanding these and I walked over to say howdy. Thought she was gonna bust a gut laughing at me…later I saw why…I was reddish orange head to toe.

Jeff- Thank you ole soon to be frozen buddy. Right you were…pulling nails and cleaning this stuff up probably doubled the build time on this project and don’t get me started on how brittle this stuff was. Is it possible to have a moisture content that’s a negative number??? Lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#9 posted 11-10-2016 02:13 AM

Nicely done!

-- To each his own.......

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#10 posted 11-10-2016 04:27 AM

Buster, these are some fine looking chest for reused lumber. I would of never thought. I feel your pain having large projects in the shop. One of those would fill mine up. Great job buddy.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 11-10-2016 05:00 AM

You did that cedar proud, Buster! I like the ‘shelf’ bottom (or whatever it’s called).

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 11-10-2016 12:18 PM

Very beautiful work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 11-10-2016 02:52 PM

nice chests

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#14 posted 11-16-2016 10:41 PM

Beautiful chests buster.I started one for my wife for mother’s day this year.I told her she will get it some mother’s day.unless you want to come finish it for me:)you did a nice job on these!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#15 posted 12-10-2016 01:33 AM

Very nice, great reclaim on the cedar.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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