|Project by EGA||posted 12-27-2007 03:52 PM||1845 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
Made this chest out of two inch thick juniper wood. Down south here it can be found in and around fresh water creeks and streams. Looks like a cedar tree and is evergreen. Inside is the color of the chest and smells like the strong smell of cedar.
Good straight lumber is hard to find, even though a tree a couple feet in diameter the grain will be twisted like a barbers pole. The bark is the clue, if the bark is spirling around the tree the lumber is exactlly like the bark. About two percent will have straight grain. Thought someone would like the description of the tree.
I made the chest with dowel pins. Carved the rope looking like it is pulled tight, like as in a bundle or package.
I was kinda peptimistic about cutting the top, thinking it might spring into all different shapes, even thougt I hand picked the tree myself. Thank goodness it stayed straight. I lined the inside of the top and bottom, plus the bottom of the sliding drawer with red cedar; grown here locally.
Built this for my baby daughter over twenty years ago. Age marks with raising two kids by herself left it’s toll.
Thanks for the warm welcome from those on this site and I will keep saying it. Semper Fi !