Linda's Chest

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Project by Rogue posted 04-20-2010 05:50 PM 1937 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Because of wood’s inherrant properties we tend to get to play other rolls besides just craftsmen. Do you ever feel like you are getting to play the parts of conservationist, humanitarian, or even clergimen. This was just such a project for me. My dear freind has had a couple years of loss. Several of her closest family members have past away recently and she is left with some articals of theirs that remind her of their lives. She wanted a chest to store these items in. The catch was that she wanted it made out of her mothers sofa table.

In this piece I used the carved skirt form the table for the front style on the case and the back rest on the lid. The raised panels on the front and back are made out of the table top. I was even able to preserve the manufactures lable on the back of the front panel. The rest is spalted hard maple I milled out in an orchard near here. I am particularly proud of the twin flowers on the top of the the lid.

There was so much energy of love in her family in the grains of this wood that made it a joy to biuld. It was difficult to design something that used parts form a completly different form but it was worth it. If you are ever presented with an opportunity to be a part of someones life like this don’t shy away from the challenge. You’ll miss out on one of the most meaningful projects you’ll ever do.

-- Rogue

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#1 posted 04-20-2010 06:03 PM

Spectacular..WELL DONE

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#2 posted 04-20-2010 06:06 PM

Well done indeed. I’m sure your friend will cherish it for a long time.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#3 posted 04-20-2010 06:07 PM

This is very beautiful chest – excellent workmanship & craftsmanship!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 04-20-2010 06:35 PM

Love it.
Thanks for posting.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#5 posted 04-20-2010 06:46 PM

One of the best projects I have seen on this site to date! WOW!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#6 posted 04-20-2010 07:00 PM

I hope the story carries on for hundreds of years. good for you.
WOW I just learned something if you put your mouse on the preview button and drag it to the text box uou are writing your post in, it will place a link back to to top of the page! Very handy. I like to go back to the original text and photo but sometimes its a pain because of so many replies in the post. Try it.

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#7 posted 04-20-2010 07:12 PM

That is fantastic in quality and meaning. Great work.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#8 posted 04-20-2010 07:52 PM

Absolutely beautiful, and even more beautiful is the story behind it.

-- Ed,Red Lake, Ontario, Canada

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#9 posted 04-20-2010 08:02 PM

very nicely done

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 04-20-2010 09:41 PM

Excellent…Aproject from the heart!!!

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#11 posted 04-21-2010 02:12 AM

WOW. A true hand-me-down for generations to come. The story of it’s creation should be inside too.

-- RT --- The older I get, the smarter my father gets. I should have paid more attention when I was younger.

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#12 posted 04-21-2010 03:52 AM

Very impressive chest. Great design and detail. You are a very special person for doing this for your friend. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 04-21-2010 04:46 AM

That is some fine work sir, keep it up. BTKS Oh, I really like the chest too. Wonderful attention to detail.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#14 posted 04-21-2010 05:03 AM

Beautiful piece of work.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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#15 posted 04-21-2010 05:15 AM

Wow that’s spectacular wonderful work

-- Custom furniture

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