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Project by sulphurcreekcustoms posted 12-11-2016 10:16 AM 569 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Large sassafras quilt chest with stained dark to order and brass accents as requested by customer

-- Chad Smith, SULPHUR CREEK CUSTOMS-Kettle, KY





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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 12-11-2016 10:31 AM

Beautiful

-- Mark

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DonB

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#2 posted 12-11-2016 10:40 AM

I appreciate the massive look the “planking” provides. Also the support system for the top is impressive. But most of all I really like the color of the stain and the overall finish. Well done. How did you apply the finish and what was the color of the stain?

-- DonB

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sulphurcreekcustoms

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#3 posted 12-11-2016 12:55 PM

Thank you very much sir. This was a few years ago, but I believe the stain was a mixture of minwax red mahogany and dark walnut. I think I brushed polurethane on this chest. Thanks again for your compliments.

-- Chad Smith, SULPHUR CREEK CUSTOMS-Kettle, KY

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dannmarks

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#4 posted 12-11-2016 11:06 PM

Sassafras is a nice forgotten wood. It is light, very easy to work with wood. Looks like oak, but it is not as durable. I used it a lot to make mantles for fireplaces. Places where it would not get to much abuse. I had a lot of it in my woods so I used to lumber it out and have someone with a woodmizer come and cut it into boards along with cherry and walnut.

Yes, that is a great use for the wood. Does it hold the smell ceder. How cool if every time you open up the tjhing it smells nice.

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#5 posted 12-11-2016 11:49 PM

Great looking chest, Chad. Good job! I for one though do not believe in the old adage … the customer is always right … I would have left the sassafras au naturel. Perhaps that’s why I don’t do this for a living … LOL! But again … great job!


Sassafras is a nice forgotten wood … How cool if every time you open up the thing it smells nice.

- dannmarks

dannmarks – Yes, that would be nice. The sassafras I used on my hand crank drill press still gives off an aroma when cranked!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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sulphurcreekcustoms

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#6 posted 12-12-2016 12:43 AM

The customer is always right when they are paying customers and it is their home it will live in. Otherwise, I agree with you on that.

-- Chad Smith, SULPHUR CREEK CUSTOMS-Kettle, KY

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sulphurcreekcustoms

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#7 posted 12-12-2016 11:11 PM

This was the 2nd chest I ever built. I bet it has 150 screws and half gallon glue in it! It could skydive without a chute and still hold quilts afterwards!! I remember being afraid it wouldn’t last and everyone would know I build that junk. I believe it’s the very first piece I made to order. I built two chests out of that stack of lumber that had been laying in the guys barn for 8-10 years he said. He has cut and sawed it himself with the intent of having each of his daughters a chest built.the smaller lighter sassafras chest unposted was second one.

-- Chad Smith, SULPHUR CREEK CUSTOMS-Kettle, KY

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Jeffrey Alexander

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#8 posted 12-15-2016 12:37 PM

Wow! Beautiful finish. I didn’t know that sassafras had that beautiful grain!

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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