Cedar Chest

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Project by woodgu posted 11-22-2010 05:36 AM 1691 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had a toy box the kids used growing up. It was simply pine planks bolted to a 2×2 frame. My wife wanted a rustic looking cedar chest for her quilts, yet there were a couple of places the kids had written their names in crayon. My wife wanted these areas preserved. I jointed the planks, assembled the box, and lined it with cedar, then I put a hinged on the lid. I conspicuously framed the crayon hieroglyphics for posterity.

-- Phil G

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#1 posted 11-22-2010 05:42 AM

Came out looking real nice. Love the idea for keeping the gafitti.

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 07:07 AM

Thank you.

-- Phil G

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#3 posted 11-22-2010 07:39 AM

With the 3/4 cedar inside the pine, it should outlast the great grandkids when your kids inherit the chest, the
signatures will make it mean even more to them. Great way to make a family heirloom that means something.
I know what you mean about Roy Underhill. Watched a few of his shows, bought some of his books and like
to use handtools. Only problem is arthritis limits hand work, so I rely mainly on power tools.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 11-22-2010 07:49 AM

In using handtools, I am finding that there are muscles in my body, I forgot how to use. I am feeling some arthritis, as well.

I overlooked something when I lined this chest with cedar: weight. We almost did not get it up the stairs from the basement!

-- Phil G

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#5 posted 11-22-2010 04:13 PM

nice work! i built a chest myself a few months ago and wondered about those friction lid stays – do they provide continuous support/help the lid from slamming? what’s your opinion of them?

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#6 posted 11-22-2010 04:38 PM

My wife is wanting me to find something that works a little better. I may have too much weight in the lid. I am open for recommendations, since I will most likely have to change these out.

-- Phil G

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#7 posted 11-22-2010 06:06 PM

I have wrestled with the weight of the lids, too, because I want to use mesquite and pecan wood. They are heavy enough by themselves. Now, add cedar to them, and grrrrrrrrrrrrr. I was thinking of making a wooden prop bar with knotches in there to hold it open. With younger kids, I thought that would end up like a mouse trap and that is just NO good. So, I am looking into the lifts they use to prop open truck campers. I have also thought of remote control mecanical opening lid like you might find on the show “Man Caves.” I like the Man Cave option best. Maybe Granger store has a solution. All these options add more overall weight, so…..
I would like to know your final option, though.

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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