Birch and Walnut Sea Chest

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Project by Richard posted 11-02-2011 04:18 AM 2074 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A reclaimed sea chest made out of river birch with walnut trim and handles. The chest has slots and bins for holding bottles of wine and chocolate. This will be put up for silent auction. The cost of materials was under $20 since the walnut was from the cast-off wood from sawmilled walnut log, and river birch from reclaimed cabinets. The cross is from some scrap paduk laying around my shop.

The walnut handles are glued up 6” x 6” x 1/4” walniut pieces in layers and then turned on the lathe.

My long suffering “shop dog” has to put up with the indignities of being a “size comparison object”.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 11-02-2011 05:14 AM

Lovely Chest! Hope the puppy didn’t break into the booze. :)

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 11-02-2011 05:18 AM

Very nice chest Richard and very pleasing to the eye. I love mixing woods and your choices are excellent. I’m sure the somebody will be very pleased with this, but knowing how some of these charitable auctions go, it will be a steal. If you’re disappointed in the final price, you can still stand up and be proud because you gave them a very well crafted chest.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#3 posted 11-02-2011 02:35 PM

WOW! That is a really beautiful chest. Great work. Thank you very much for sharing that with everyone.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 08:12 PM

this is totally awesome!!! i really love the “shop dog” pic he does look please to model for you.

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#5 posted 10-30-2013 07:02 AM

This piece is simply perfect, dog included.
Thank you.

-- Niall, California,

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