Blue stained lodgpole pine chest

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Project by Richard posted 09-11-2012 02:15 AM 2258 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another chest made out of lodgepole pine from Idaho’s numerous beetle killed lodgpole trees, (which at this time are currently burning in our forests). Hopefully the fires will spare me a couple of trees for future projects. I do like the look of how nature adds its own colors to the wood.

I am donating this chest to charity. Nothing too fancy about the design since it is a rustic chest, but hopefully it will spark interest when filled with wine, jam and chocolates. On the last picture, Marley is standing guard from pesky squirels.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 09-11-2012 04:04 AM

I’m also an Idaho native and really like to look of the blue stained lodgepole pine. “Nice Job”

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#2 posted 09-11-2012 09:03 AM

Rainbow Poplar will give you the same general look, purples and blues.
Love the design and give Marley a cookie!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#3 posted 09-11-2012 09:18 AM

Love that wood. Well done.

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

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#4 posted 09-11-2012 09:45 AM

Love it!

If I may ask, what angle did you cut the top slats at?

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 09-11-2012 10:36 AM

This is a gr8 lookin chest. Really like it a lot

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 09-11-2012 11:37 AM

I like the chest – especially the top. What type of hinges did you use and who was your source?

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#7 posted 09-11-2012 01:27 PM

Great looking chest, I also like to play with the beetle killed wood. Know what you mean about the burning,
Missoula, the valley of a thousand smokes, has been the recipient of the smoke, necessitating me wearing my
good shop particulate mask while building my deck. Looks like Marley has been protecting you for those
squirrels for a few years and knows he is appreciated. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 09-11-2012 06:31 PM

looking good with the wether stained wood


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#9 posted 09-12-2012 06:30 AM

Thanks for the compliments. the hinges were bought on ebay years ago, no idea what they are called and who I bought them from, but they work just fine.

The slats rests on a laminated wood ribs made by picking out a old steel wagon wheel rim and laminating several thin pieces of wood clamped to the steel wheel. (see the inside of the lid). Then I took some scrap wood and experiment on angles so the slats fit perfectly or darn near. There may be a math equation to figure out tangents and arc angles, but I am bad at math. So I experimented on the table saw until I got the correct angle.

Long story short, the lid is not perfect but it is adequate.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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