Cedar Chest

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Project by Condor1 posted 08-03-2012 11:09 PM 3142 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second chest that I made from the same set of plans. The first one was made form Walnut, which I gave to our oldest daughter. This one is for my wife. I made it from a Red Cedar tree that I cut down on a friends property, had it cut into 4/4, and waited till it dried enough to use. Thanks for looking!

-- There are times when a mistake is remembered as your best work.

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#1 posted 08-04-2012 01:01 AM

Very nice. Good choice of wood. Cedar is such a beautiful wood.

-- Dana, Tn and Tx artist

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#2 posted 08-04-2012 02:24 AM

Great looking chest nice wood & work

-- Pat Brownfield Westland,Michigan

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#3 posted 08-04-2012 03:46 AM

Wow, is that cedar ever colorful ! Out west here we have Western Red Cedar but yours is way more red, with nice white streaks for contrast. Is this the stuff that has the really strong aroma (sometimes called aromatic cedar) ?

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#4 posted 08-04-2012 09:38 AM

This is a beautiful chest, love that cedar!
Where did you get your plans?

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#5 posted 08-04-2012 02:41 PM

Nice work a real beauty!!! Sure your better half Loves it!!!! Some great looking wood and color!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 08-05-2012 12:14 AM

MonteCristo: It does have a good aroma but I honestly don’t know if it meets the definition of aromic cedar.

bowtie: I got the plans from Fine Working Magazine, Issue #217, published in Feb. 2011. Tommy MacDonald, was the author (Rough Cut, on PBS). You could likely buy a set of plans on his website. He featured carved panels on the original chest and I tried it but ended up junking the panel. I’m no wood carver it seems.

-- There are times when a mistake is remembered as your best work.

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#7 posted 08-05-2012 02:29 PM

Great work of art. I too love working with cedar and I made a chest which is posted on LJ for a friend. Lot of work goes into them but I enjoyed every minute and I am sure you did also. Its nice being to make something for someone you love or care about and know it will last for several life times.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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