Christmas Cedar Chest For My Daughter

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Project by BusterB posted 12-14-2016 12:04 AM 1737 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A buddy of mine asked me if I would build his 3 daughter in law’s some cedar chests for Christmas and i told him absolutely…. Steve is the kind of fellow who will do almost anything to help a friend (he brought a bobcat over to help us clean up after the tornado damage two weeks ago and wouldn’t even let me buy him lunch) so how could I say no to a fellow like that??? Anywho, I thought that if I could do those three why not do four and give the last to my daughter and what’s his name for Christmas. Been working on these on and off for the past several months using some cedar that my nephew and I had reclaimed out of an early 1900’s farmhouse. Instead of feet on this one, I made some three bead trim pieces on the router table and used them for the base. Brass handles and piano hinges to contrast with the cedar and finished with clear gloss 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 12-14-2016 12:15 AM

Very nice! It has it’s own personality!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 12-14-2016 12:24 AM

Beautiful! I particularly like the three bead bottom trim nd the finish is simply super. I’m quite sure the other three are of equal quality and your friend is well paid for his friendship. Thanks for sharing.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 12-14-2016 12:42 AM

Excellent job ! A “new” family heirloom for sure !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 12-14-2016 01:39 AM

Tony- thank you sir. At first I wasn’t sure about all that sap wood…I mean come on, a cedar chest is supposed to be mostly red right??? But I agree, the coloring makes it unique and give it “character”

Russell – thank you sir. I have had that bit for a couple of years now and never had a use for it. The finish is thanks to advice from Todd “the cedar king” Barrone.

Joe- Thank you sir. I sure hope she sees it that way…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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#5 posted 12-14-2016 02:44 AM

I like the color and contrast, great looking piece.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 12-14-2016 03:06 AM

Hey buddy looking awesome!

-- "The Cedar King"

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#7 posted 12-14-2016 03:57 AM

Fantastic looking chests, Buster. That’s what friends are for!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#8 posted 12-14-2016 04:02 AM

Well done sir. I always love it when there’s a real story behind it.

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

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#9 posted 12-14-2016 05:13 AM

That’s a beauty Buster. Great contrast. Sounds like you’ve been busy. Build one for yourself and store tools in it.

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

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#10 posted 12-14-2016 05:52 AM

Beautiful, Buster. I wish we had this timber in Australia, I love it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 12-14-2016 09:20 AM

It’s nice to have something to do as ’’thanks’’ for someone. Beautiful chest.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 12-14-2016 11:06 AM

Looks awesome, I really like sapwood contrast.

And nice clamps, I have the same ones :)

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#13 posted 12-14-2016 01:54 PM

Very cool and I bet the shop smelled great!. My mom had an old one, covered in a pale green vinyl that she gave to my daughter, who asked me to restore. I’ll have to remake the top so looks like I’ll be working with Cedar too!

-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta

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#14 posted 12-14-2016 04:28 PM

The cedar chest is striking Buster. Nicely done buddy. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

-- 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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#15 posted 12-14-2016 07:11 PM

Another fine job by BusterB! Great looking chest. I really like that type of trim bottom , I think it looks better than most types of feet. I also agree with a comment above that your shop must smell great. Nice job buddy, keep them coming.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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