Outdoor storage Chest

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Project by eugene54 posted 11-16-2011 06:33 PM 4659 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last weekend I finished an outdoor cedar chest for storing our patio cushions in.

Simple box, mortised joints. The main panel of each side floats in a mortise. I left the side slats as wide as each board would allow instead of cutting them all the same width…seemed like a better use of the cedar. Aromatic cedar is pretty nice to work with. Lots of knots though that can cause some issues.

I’ve left it unfinished.

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 06:47 PM

Nice chest. I was thinking of making something like that for my deck

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 11:29 PM

Leaving the widths as-is really makes sense given the application. Sometimes the best use of materials isn’t the most uniform. I’m sure those floating panels will extend the life out there in the elements. Cool project.

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?

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#3 posted 11-17-2011 06:16 AM

Great Lookin Chest

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 05:41 PM

I love working with Cedar. And that is a great idea… My back yard renovation plans are in slow motion these days, but I think a few chairs, a table and a deck box like that might do the trick. First I need to rip out the existing junk deck from there…

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#5 posted 11-19-2011 07:02 PM

Real nice. Think it would live inside my house. Wish we had the Aromatic Cedar growing around here. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 01-08-2012 04:00 AM

Great looking chest. Now I know what I can do on my patio for the cushions this winter.

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