very first cedar chest

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Project by Hoptown posted 06-21-2011 03:13 AM 5504 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first cedar chest, and i have to say i am very pleased of how it came out!! This is made out of solid TN red cedar. All the panels had to be glued up, which took some time. (not enough clamps to do multiple glue ups) I really enjoyed building this chest for my wife and I hope to beable to build more!! Thanks for looking, and dont be afraid of letting me know what you think!!

-- Jonathan- Scottsville, KY

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#1 posted 06-21-2011 03:19 AM

One of those is on my project list. I hope it comes out close to as nice as yours did.
Bet she loves it.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#2 posted 06-21-2011 03:20 AM

And by the way, welcome to Lumberjocks !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 06-21-2011 03:31 AM

Key to this is the glue up of the panels, take your time and get the joints nice and tight and it will turn out great…and she loves it!!

-- Jonathan- Scottsville, KY

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#4 posted 06-21-2011 03:32 AM

i love a cedar chest. Yours looks very well done. Welcome to lumberjocks, hope you learn a lot and have some fun.

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#5 posted 06-21-2011 03:39 AM

A project worthy of envy. The form, fit and finish are great.

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#6 posted 06-21-2011 03:52 AM

Great looking wood and chest.

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#7 posted 06-21-2011 03:53 AM

I’ll let you know what I think…..I think that’s a Great looking chest !!!
Where did you get the cedar? That is some nice looking stuff

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#8 posted 06-21-2011 04:05 AM

Thanks everyone!!!!
Scott, the cedar came from Millers cedar mill, in horse cave, KY. It is a amish family run business…I bought about 250 board foot that was rough cut. I planed, edged and squared up all the boards for this chest. The wood doesnt look like much when you get it, but a few passes through the planer and it turns out great!! Horse cave isnt too far from louisville, you may need to make a trip down there. I believe i still have his address in my gps, along with his number if you would like it… Let me know.. for the price it’ll be well worth the trip…

-- Jonathan- Scottsville, KY

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#9 posted 06-21-2011 04:17 AM

Very nice project. It looks great all the way around.

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#10 posted 06-21-2011 09:21 AM

Great job. Did you use a plan or design yourself? What finish did you use?

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#11 posted 06-21-2011 11:45 AM

looks great to me. very nice. I hope when I finally git round to makin a few of similar project, it looks as good as this.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 06-21-2011 12:34 PM

Well done. The finish is great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 06-21-2011 03:51 PM

Looks great. I love Cedar chests, and the scent they put off.

What did you use for the finish?


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#14 posted 06-21-2011 04:39 PM

I built this off a set of plans.. The plans call for a danish oil finish, but i decided to go with 3 coats of sealer with 2 coats of laquer…Glad you guys like it…..

-- Jonathan- Scottsville, KY

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#15 posted 06-21-2011 09:19 PM

Very well done, I really like TN red cedar, but we can’t seem to get hold of it here in Canada in decent amounts, sometimes in 5/16” thickness, plastic wrapped packages made for lining a chest or closet.

You did an excellent job, well proportioned!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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