|Project by Donowoodworks||posted 712 days ago||1363 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I found an old cedar chest that was sitting in my great, great grandfather’s garage when we were cleaning his house after he passed away. From what history my family knew of it, it was at least 100 years old, and may have come across the ocean when some of the family migrated from over seas.
It was dinged-up, chipped, splintered, and covered in stains and paint, but the inside was in relatively decent condition, and I thought that I could salvage a bit of history and add a bit of (perhaps too much, in this case!) embellishment to the chest. I repaired the hinges and fixed up the wood as best I could (you can still see the nail holes where there was copper banding on it at one point, and some cracks on the inside) and added some trim from a lucky find of a board in a pile of regular maple.
New handles, new feet, and a key that fit the lock that my grandfather happened to have (thanks grandad!) and I had a new chest! It was pretty early in my woodworking, and the quality of the joints and repairs reflects it, but it is a fun memory. Who knows? I hope it sticks around for another 100 years!
-- -Mark Donovan, Donovanwoodworks@gmail.com