Shadow Chest

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Project by DynaBlue posted 06-25-2011 08:46 AM 2648 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chest I have been making for a friends retirement. There are some blog entries posted on the progress but this is the finished product. The frame of the box is made of ash and the panels and lid are made of quartersawn sapele. There are three additional boxes that go inside this chest: A flag display, a shadowbox and a coin display. I’ll post them up when I have decent pictures. The chest was kept covered before and during the ceremony and was unveiled near the end. It gathered many nice comments and just about everyone had to come up after the ceremony and give it a touch, ask questions and just appreciate it in general. Heck one guy even offered me five goats if I’d build him one!

Thanks for looking!


-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#1 posted 06-25-2011 09:45 AM

Great job, perfect design, i like it that much!
Thank you very much for sharing.

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 02:12 PM

really fantastic – both the types of wood and the design. Did you mill the quarter-sawn sapele yourself?

Thanks for sharing,


-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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will delaney

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#3 posted 06-25-2011 03:08 PM

Real fine woodworking. I like the way these two wood contrast each other. I never worked with sapele and will have to look around for some. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 06-25-2011 05:11 PM

Very Fine Chest, Looks Great, the contrasting woods really set each other off with the compelling design, Hey, that is at least a Six Goat Box I would say, lols, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#5 posted 06-25-2011 09:42 PM


-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#6 posted 06-26-2011 02:55 PM

A work of art….great job. I don’t know about you but for some reason I am always a little nervous when something I have made is presented in front of a lot of folks…....worried it will fall apart..ha. Again, great work.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#7 posted 06-26-2011 06:32 PM

Thanks for the comments!

@ITnerd: The sapele for the lid was obtained from a local lumber supplier, picked for straight grain then thicknessed from 8/4 to 5/4. The panels were 3/4 bookmatch resawn and thicknessed to 1/4.

@itsmic: Six goats? Wow..who’d have thunk?

@AlBCuttnWud: I have those exact same worries!

I was absolutely mortified when a close friend of the family SAT on the chest after the ceremony! A full on growed up man SITTING on my handiwork!! Then I had to realize two things: 1- I’d already given the chest to the new owner=not my chest any longer. 2- It didn’t even creak ;)

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#8 posted 06-27-2011 03:21 AM

Wow, those are some beautiful additions to this chest, very fine craftsmanship and tastefully done, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 06-28-2011 05:49 PM

Beautiful chest. The shadow boxes on the inside are a very cool idea. It all looks great!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#10 posted 02-07-2012 04:31 AM

That is stunning!!

-- DaytonHM Dayton Va.

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#11 posted 02-07-2012 04:38 AM

wonderful chest great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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