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Project by Thumper posted 1394 days ago 1494 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we bought our retirement home, the master bedroom closet was a mixture of Ikea style cabinets and wire shelving that resembled what you would put together after a really fun night and blinding hangover. Needless to say after we settled into retirement mode, my lovely bride suggested that we needed some relief from the attack of the killer closet. I found a good supply of aromatic cedar and figured what the hey, if cedar can keep the bugs at bay, why not a couple solid cedar chest of drawers. I must admit I started going nuts trying to figure out how I was going to glue up a bunch of 4-6 inch boards to get the full 24 inch panel for the sides. It figures that I would get a brain cramp in the middle of the night and tinkered with a standard raised panel design and added a center stile to achieve the necessary width for sides. I can tell you one thing, retirement rocks!!

12 Oct 2010: I had so much fun with this, that I went ahead and made another one so we can have a “his” and “hers”

-- The major stress in retirement is choosing what t-shirt to wear





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Cozmo35

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#1 posted 1394 days ago

This chest of drawers rocks! Great job. I bet it smells great!

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

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SnowyRiver

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#2 posted 1393 days ago

Wow, lots of color. Looks great…nice job !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1393 days ago

Great chest of drawers unique look with that wonderful ceder ,well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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bookworm

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#4 posted 1393 days ago

That’s amazing and gorgeous!

-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude

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sregelkraut

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#5 posted 1393 days ago

Wow stunning work, I love how that came out and I bet it really makes your room look good

-- Steve

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NBeener

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#6 posted 1393 days ago

Beautiful work !

And … urrrr … Thumper got HIM some GUNS !!!

[Note to self: rob neighbors instead. HAS to be easier :-)]

-- -- Neil

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 1393 days ago

What did you use for a finish if anything ?
I see that Cedar is a skin and lung irritant . Did you have any problems using this large quantity ? thanks

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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SawDustnSplinters

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#8 posted 1393 days ago

That is real pretty, nice job…there is no darn way you will ever see a bug or moth in any of them drawers :)
I used to take the shavings from the planer and spread it around the perimeter of my shop and garden…and I used to give bags of shavings to my neighbors to put in their closets…
But I pretty much know what you went thru to get that done, I love the color of aromatic red cedar but I always felt like I had just slapped on some after-shave after working with it, so I always planed and sanded outside and upwind :) Well enjoy your retirement, I ‘ll probably be working till I am 100 years old….or drop before then…

Thanx

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , http://www.allthingsrustix.com , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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Thumper

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#9 posted 1393 days ago

Dusty 56 I use Watco (natural) on just about everything. I find the satin look to be more appealing and lets more of the wood grain show through. I have a 3 hp dust collection system; a ceiling mounted air cleaner; and a fine particle filter to knock down most of the big stuff and have started to wear a respirator when sanding. I also try and do most of the detail sanding outside (weather permitting); but also have a large downdraft sanding table if the weather is nasty.

-- The major stress in retirement is choosing what t-shirt to wear

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 1392 days ago

Thanks for the feedback…..with my asthma and other allergies , I need to be careful with a lot of different wood species : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Jim Reeves

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#11 posted 1331 days ago

So beautiful makes me excited about retirement lol

-- jim

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 1331 days ago

Those are real nice and I love to smell that cedar.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Thumper

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#13 posted 1331 days ago

Let me tell you, retirement rocks!!

-- The major stress in retirement is choosing what t-shirt to wear

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