I built this chest for my mother as a house warming gift. I also like to do projects like this to help keep me tuned up. I came across this piece of 5qtr Mahogany 20” wide by 16’ long and knew right away what it wanted to be. I hand cut the dovetails, put a raised panel bottom in, cut some ogee molding on the table saw, and bam it was done. for the finish I applied a water base stain, just enough to help tone all the wood one color. I did wet the chest to raise the grain before I applied the stain. to seal it I used dewaxed shellac, two coats. Then rubbed it out with 0000 steel wool to a smooth surface. Finally I rubbed on three cooats of Minwax Antique Oil.