Cedar Lined QSWO Chest

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Project by shopmania posted 11-11-2011 08:10 PM 2133 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I gave this to my wife for Christmas last year, but with no stain or finish, so she could choose the color. I finally finished it in July, and just realized that I never posted it. It is built w/ 3/4” Quarter Sawn White Oak, and the panels are QSWO 1/4” plywood. The lid has a piano hinge, with 3 of the lid closers so the lid will stay put in any position. The lid is solid boards glued up in a panel with breadboard ends. It’s heavy. This inside is lined with tongue and groove cedar, unfinished of course. I rubbed on the Minwax stain, I forget which color, and then sprayed it wit several coats of lacquer. I put it on casters so it would be easy to move around, but they hide nicely behind the skirt. The wife is happy, so I am happy. It sits at the foot of our bed, and she’s got it filled with linens and blankets. Thanks for looking!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-11-2011 08:21 PM

Tim, that is a real nice chest. The color she chose is real rich, too…................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#2 posted 11-11-2011 08:22 PM

I agree, great job on the execution and I really like the use of the cedar inside. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#3 posted 11-11-2011 09:03 PM

That is a beautiful chest, well built. That Cedar smell that it will give the things stored inside is what makes it, though! I LOVE that smell! Nice job!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#4 posted 11-11-2011 09:17 PM

Gotta love that QSWO. Beautiful!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 11-12-2011 12:42 AM

Beautiful !

Did you chamfer the edges of the boards, for the top ? If so, it’s a very nice detail, and adds even more visual interest !

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 11-12-2011 12:50 AM

love it from every angle!

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 11-12-2011 02:02 AM

Would you please describe the color/staining process you used in more detail? I am building some tables out of QSWO right now, and am trying to figure out how I want to stain them. I really like the color you obtained on that piece.
Great looking chest. About two or three projects from now I will be attempting a blanket chest as a gift for my mother. I hope mine comes out as well as yours did!

-- Richard B, Birmingham Alabama

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#8 posted 11-12-2011 06:01 AM

Yes I did chamfer the edges of the lid boards. IT ADDS INTEREST, But also hides any imperfections in the panel glue up, even tho I am sure mine was perfect! :) I used a simple staining pade from Lowes to wipe on the stain. I HAD SPRAYED IT ON THE LAST TIME AND BY THE Time i got it even it was kinda muddy and covered up the beautiful grain of the QSWO. Wiping applied the color nicely but without covering the grain pattern. I will chech,k in the color of Minwax I used and post it. Thanks for all the nice comments. Sorry about the all caps . I am out of town and wrote this comment on my Nook. :)

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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