Keeping Chests

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Project by BMaloney posted 03-21-2012 03:09 AM 1504 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been hanging around for a while and figured it’s time I posted something. These are Keeping Chests ala Charles Neil. I made them for Christmas for myself, my brothers, and my sister to keep my older brother’s ashes in. I reduced the original size down to 12×6x6. Making those tiny bracket feet were fun. 3 of them were out of Curly Cherry, 1 was Flame Birch, and 1 was Tiger Maple. They were all dyed using a mixture of General Finishes Dyes, then finished with 1 coat of Seal A Cell , followed by 5 or 6 coats of Arm R Seal. Needless to say it made for an emotional Christmas.

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 04:44 AM

Wow these turned out great, you make Charles proud.

-- Custom furniture

#2 posted 03-21-2012 10:49 AM

Great boxes and great wood.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#3 posted 03-21-2012 12:18 PM

Nicely done. Beautiful wood and finish.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 03-21-2012 11:24 PM

Those look really great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 03-21-2012 11:41 PM

Nice crafted chest’s. I really like the brackets!
I have a question.
I’m working on a (first ever) toolbox/chest. And I like your solution to keep the lid open.
But I can’t figure out how it’s made and works. Can you tell/show me more about it? A close-up picture would be welcome. Thanx for answering.



-- Bas, Holland

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#6 posted 03-22-2012 12:08 AM

The lid is held open by a small piece of wood cut at a miter at one end, rounded at the other and just screwed to the side. I chiseled the lid so the support would just rest in the notch. It’s quite easy to do. Actually that’s how the support was done in the antique chests.

Thanks everyone for their comments.

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#7 posted 02-13-2017 11:56 AM

These are also beautiful pieces.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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