Cedar Chest

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Project by artsyfartsy posted 04-11-2017 07:57 PM 1008 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Cedar Chest for a friend and his only request was it be made out of Cedar. So, I purchased my cedar from a local Amish lumber mill. The boards are all edge jointed. The front and back corners have rabbet joints to accommodate the end pieces. The lid is supported with a brass friction lid support. I incorporated a child proof locking system in the chest. The end handles were made from leftover cedar scraps. The chest has about 5 coats of lacquer applied. The chest measures 24” long by 12” deep by 12” wide.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#1 posted 04-11-2017 08:03 PM

Nice chest, I love the smell of Cedar like that.

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#2 posted 04-12-2017 05:00 AM

That is nice. Good job on the finish. I like working with cedar, Makes the shop smell good.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#3 posted 04-12-2017 12:46 PM

looks great

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#4 posted 04-12-2017 01:44 PM


Stellar job on the cedar chest for your friend..Looks like you did a bang up job….I like the cedar handles you put on it, also…

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#5 posted 04-12-2017 02:43 PM

This is a beautiful cedar chest and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 04-12-2017 05:07 PM

Awesome chest Don.

-- 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 04-12-2017 06:02 PM

Fantastic rendering of a timeless design.

Cedar is always a pleasure to work in the shop. I still have a cedar chest that was my high-school shop project.
Unfortunately it was more of a teach it to yourself class than an actual shop class. Many days the “teacher” didn’t even show up at the shop class. When he did it was often more a sports talk than a shop class. The real wonder is that nobody was injured. These were farm by though-used to running machines of all kinds. Probably why there were no injuries!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 04-12-2017 06:21 PM

Great chest, Don. I thought it was nice before it was finished, but now it’s moved to another level completely. I’ve always liked cedar, and I that cedar is especially nice.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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