Aromatic Red Cedar Chest

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Project by Tom Godfrey posted 06-11-2012 05:30 PM 3519 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the real deal when it comes to a Cedar Chest. It’s all cedar. Most of it is built with 3/4 inch. The corner post are 1 1/2×1 1/2 thick along with the bottom pieces. Those are 1 1/2 thick and 4 inches wide.
This makes for a strong chest that should last several lifetimes. Made a few mistakes this being my first chest. I used the Kregg pocket hole system and not knocking this system but I did learn you need to use glue as well as the screws on something like this. Note: if you do use glue be sure and keep a wet cloth close so you can wipe off the excess glue from the cedar. Otherwise its hard get those stain marks off after the glue tries. Even sanding doesn’t take it all off.

Used clear poly all except the inside. You want to keep the aromatic cedar smell so don’t poly, paint or do anything to the inside. Just my opinion.

Thanks for checking this out.
Mr. Tom

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#1 posted 06-11-2012 10:17 PM

Nice chest, love aromatic cedar, thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 12:49 AM

Well done and great hints for the rest of us.

-- RobKc

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 10:45 PM

Very well done and good advice on leaving the interior unfinished. I always enjoy working with cedar, but rarely get to. Great project; sure to be enjoyed by many for many years.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Tom Godfrey

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#4 posted 06-13-2012 05:11 PM

I love working with cedar but there is a down side to doing so. The cedar dust can put a hurting on your lungs, more so that any other wood. I can always tell the next day when I work with cedar. Had to make a trip to the doctor about my breathing before I knew it was so bad for you.
Note: I still don’t protect myself like I should when working with cedar. Those mask drive me nuts.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#5 posted 06-25-2012 02:38 AM

Gorgeous chest. I love the design and the wood, geez, the wood is gorgeous. Nice work!

I hate the masks too but I always wear them when I work with cedar or anything I can’t use a dust collector with like the table saw or hand held sanders. Gotta protect yourself!!

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#6 posted 06-25-2012 10:43 AM

Thanks for the nice comments on the chest. Tried my best to only use heart wood rather than the sap section. I was well pleased how it turned out and was expecting to get orders to build more but sorry to say no one person has placed an order.
I realize times are hard for a lot of people, including myself so maybe in time things will pick up for my little shop.
Anyone working with cedar is taking a chance with their health. That dust can cause some serious breathing problems.
Take care, have a nice day.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#7 posted 08-05-2012 03:12 AM

oh i see you are a red cedar man, bravo…i too love red cedar and use it a lot in my projects, ive been here three years now, and have around 80 or so projects, one of them is a cedar trunk for my daughter in law, its solid cedar with walnut, the boards i had were 13 inches wide and were pure heart wood, they were 13 feet long, and i was sorry to see them go, but ill get more…i have some cedar left…i just made a box and used it there, but your work is so beautiful i am really impressed, love to see your work from now on…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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