red cedar chest

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Project by grizzman posted 07-01-2011 01:49 AM 1757 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a red cedar chest i just made for my daughter in law, its made from red cedar and walnut and has three oak inlays on the top…two on the very top and one across the front, the side handles are made of dogwood and walnut and are hollow on the back side so your fingers go into each handle,the panels all have a full length tenon that go into a mortise on each end, so i made 4 panels, the screwed them all together and plugged the holes with walnut plugs, it took three weeks to make and was pure fun and joy for me , as my daughter in law is a wonderful lady, i finished this with 4 coats of polycrylic , the cedar boards i had for this came from our home , they were from big trees that came down in a storm that i had milled up, they were all 12 inches wide, and the boards were 13 feet long, the front and back panels are 4 boards glued up and the sides are 2 boards…the walnut band around the edges are 3 inches wide,the chest is almost 4 feet long, 26 inches tall and 23 inches wide, and the front handle is curly maple with a walnut inlay, thank you for looking…grizzman This side note is being added on June 13 2015, in regards to the handles on the side of this cedar chest, on the back side of each handle there is a coin inlaid into the back of each handle , one side has a coin with my birthdate of 1957 and on the other side the coin is a quarter that has the state of UTAH on it, as this is where my daughter in law is from and its where she was living at the time i gave this trunk to her.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#1 posted 07-01-2011 01:52 AM

Wow that is some beautiful looking wood.
What a great job.

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#2 posted 07-01-2011 02:02 AM

What a great box… Well, it is sort of a big box! ;-)
Seriously, what wonderful gift from a true craftsman.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 07-01-2011 02:10 AM

It came out just beautiful! She is going to absolutely love it! What a wonderful gift with special meaning!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 07-01-2011 02:25 AM

Super Duper… the grain in that cedar. Nice job…........

You have been doing great things lately…...first class…..

From Alaska, and the Alaskan, Alaska Jim…........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 07-01-2011 02:37 AM

Grizz, your fun and joy is evident in this handsome chest! Well done. She is a lucky daughter-in-law.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 07-01-2011 02:40 AM

Nice chest, Grizz. I just bought some 1×6 cedar plants yesterday for making more feather boxes. Mine aren’t fancy like yours – they’re more plain with knots, just smell nice.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#7 posted 07-01-2011 03:00 AM

Very nice work. I’m sure your daughter loves it.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#8 posted 07-01-2011 03:57 AM

Wow awesome job Grizz, The cedar wood looks beautiful sorry about your trees, however you made good use of them. Outstanding craftsmanship. Talk to you Latter

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#9 posted 07-01-2011 04:12 AM

Nice job Grizz Bet she was one happy lady when she saw that

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#10 posted 07-01-2011 04:19 AM

Beautiful Chest, Grizz.

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#11 posted 07-01-2011 04:24 AM

Your daughter-in-law is a lucky lady and I’m sure she will treasure this finely crafted chest!
How long did the cedar from the fallen tree have to dry before you could use it? 12” wide/ 13’ long boards; that must have been some tree!!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#12 posted 07-01-2011 04:52 AM

Nice job Griz. I’ve got a few of those to make also. I plan on making one for each of my daughters, and daughter-in-law also.

Very nice job.

I made one for my sister in 1957 and I still haven’t got any pictures of it yet. She still has the chest. I made it in High School shop class.

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

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#13 posted 07-01-2011 04:53 AM

i let the wood air dry for one year,thats the rule of thumb, i year per inch, but if you have your own meter, you can check it…if you can get your wood to br around 7 to 8 % then its ready…i bring it in the shop and let it get acclimated then i start to work it..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 07-01-2011 06:27 AM

I love the look of cedar but Don’t like working with it, it makes me sneeze! Very nice chest Love the walnut and oak accents.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#15 posted 07-01-2011 09:26 AM

Nicely done Grizz. Very nice.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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