Heirloom Chest

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Project by joebazooka posted 12-11-2010 03:11 PM 2001 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay I saw this in the American woodworking Magazine Aug/Sept 2010 issue. I decided to make this out of 5/4 pine with red oak straps. It measures 22”L X 15 1/2” H . I am not sure what the finish will be just yet I am thinking just a nice natural varnish an a darker coloring for the straps, but I am open to suggestions. I plan on giving this to my great nephew (now a month old) but I will fill it with treasures over the years an he will open it on his 18th birthday.

-- Robert-maine

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#1 posted 12-11-2010 03:39 PM

Nice job so far. I’m sure that your great nephew will treasure it for years.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 12-11-2010 03:49 PM

Rob it’s going to be a wonderful long lasting treasure

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#3 posted 12-11-2010 04:34 PM

Looking good, great job!! Be sure to post pictures of the finished project.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 12-11-2010 04:40 PM

This is a very nice chest and you did a great job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 12-11-2010 05:09 PM

Great looking chest Rob, I would stick with a simple wipe on varnish, it will give it a classic antique look. I would also put a big old padlock on there as well to keep curious little boys at bay when they come of age !! LOL.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#6 posted 12-11-2010 07:42 PM

I built the same chest and slellaced it with amber shellac(safe for kids to chew on) . There’s a picture on here somewhere and I did a blog on the second one I built. Got the plan same place you got yours.
Looks like you did a nice job,keep up the good work.

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 12-12-2010 01:59 AM

Wow nice work, thanks for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 12-13-2010 04:47 AM

very nice
how I would finish it is below.
start with 3 or 4 coats of garnet shellac.
Follow that with dark brown Briwax. Wipe it on really thick leave some in the corners. You will love it.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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