Miniature Keeping Chest

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Project by Justin57 posted 988 days ago 1161 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make Keeping Chests for my youngest daughter and Mother but after seeing the one I made for my sister-in-law, they both said they didn’t have anywhere in their house(s) to put one “that big”. I decided to try making them each one at half-scale and this was the result. Box is 5×5 x 10. The wood is Curly Cherry (I know the bottom looks like tiger maple but I promise you it’s curly cherry…....and if you’re willing to pay $20.00/bf, I can point you to the source for wood that highly figured!). Also, the feet do not look as bad (color/grain-wise), as they seem to be in the pictures. The only explanation I have for them looking that way in the pictures is I have a flourescent light about 4” above my head as I’m standing in front of the chest taking the pictures. Natural Finish with Arm-R-Seal topcoat.

-- Carl (Justin57)

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#1 posted 988 days ago


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#2 posted 988 days ago

A very nice looking box…really like that wood

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#3 posted 988 days ago

Hi again:
Yes, You did a great job on the smaller chest.
Yes, where is your source for the curly cherry? I hope it’s not to far from Goldsboro.

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#4 posted 988 days ago

All of the wood for this box except for the piece making the bottom of the chest was purchased from Bob Kloes in Wisconsin. His website is The piece used to make the bottom came from Good Hope Hardwoods in PA. Their website is

-- Carl (Justin57)

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