White Cedar Hope Chest

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Project by itsmic posted 1409 days ago 2688 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All Here is another of my projects of the past, trying to catch up and post a number of my older pieces. This is made of White Cedar, it has a nice smell so I did not finish the inside. I used dowel pins on the butt joints, a piano hinge, and some ash support strips on the lid. The floor is raised and made with the same thickness boards as the rest. We gave this to Cindy’s daughter as a wedding present a couple years ago, how the time flies, they where over the other day with their year plus, son Jaxson, what a joy. Thanks for looking

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#1 posted 1409 days ago

I had not seen white cedar before – very pretty wood. Nice project! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 1409 days ago

Very nice. I’m about to make a smaller sized chest for my son with white cedar. Was it easy to work with? Can you finish white cedar? I liked how you did the top too.

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#3 posted 1408 days ago

rawb Yes, cedar is a soft wood and easy to work with, the wood I have is a bit spongy, don’t know if that is because the way it was stored or just a characteristic of white cedar, some pieces where more dence than others. Yes, I used straight satin poly on this project, I would probably go with a pre-stain\sealer if to do it again, that would darken it slightly, and make for a very consistent look, although the poly took to this piece very well and there was no spotting or color inconstancy. thanks for asking

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 1408 days ago

Cool, I love the scent of these chests. The redwood ones are so fancy, too. Nice work!

-- GX

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