Cedar Chest

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Project by Dusty posted 2394 days ago 1905 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to build a chest that I could store various memorable items that I had saved and collected.

I built it out of cedar and lined the inside with aromatic cedar.

It was a simple project with life out drawers.

I finished it in a natural danish oil.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 2394 days ago

Nicely done! Love the smell of aromatic cedar!

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#2 posted 2394 days ago

Nice chest Dusty. It should serve you for a long time.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 2394 days ago

Another great project Dusty. I’m interested in the joinery. Doesn’t look like dovetails from the pictures. What joinery technique did you use the for the sides?

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#4 posted 2394 days ago



I also like that smell. I learned a trick that over time when the aromatic smells disappear all you need to do is lightly
sand with either steel wool or 30 sand paper and it re releases the smell again.

-- Dusty

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#5 posted 2394 days ago


Your correct I never used dovetails but rather a simple half lap dado. This joint is very simple and strong.

It has worked well for me in several applications.

I use the dove tail in more elaborate or style defined pieces or drawers.

As your well award dovetails are not only very strong they also are labor intensive.

Many projects don’t require them, as in this case.

-- Dusty

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#6 posted 2394 days ago

Very nice, wish some of that aromatic red cedar grew around here.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 2393 days ago

Very presentable piece of furniture. Nice job

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 2393 days ago

Very pretty. These chests are always a favorite good looks and aroma too. Nicely done.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#9 posted 2393 days ago

I love the “softness” of it… smells good too!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 2393 days ago

I like the nice clean lines. Very nice piece.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#11 posted 2393 days ago

Great chest Dusty. The inside doesn’t look to have the red cedar look. Did you not put it on the lid also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#12 posted 2393 days ago


Great observation. I didn’t use the same finish on the inside and drawers.

From the “lessons learned” department a kind way of saying “how stupid could I have been” after building another chest with aromatic cedar installed on the drawer bottoms and bottom of the chest I stained the pieces with the same stain I did the outside of the chest.


Your right, that ended any and all of the aromatic cedar smell.

I and happy to tell you I only did it once.

-- Dusty

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