Curly Oak Gun Chest

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Project by dcountry posted 593 days ago 1915 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this gun chest for a friend. He wanted it to look like something a Grandma had in her house. He didn’t want any feet on the chest, which was fine with me So this is what he got. The chest is 46LX24TX20D and made of curly oak with dovetails and floating panel top. This was not a easy project due to the inherent instability of figured aok. Most of the planing was done by hand. I spent a lot of time with my low angle smoothing plane and cabinet scrapers. The interior is done in billard green felt. I made the hinges and handles from oak also. The finish is Tung oil buffed with hand rubbed poly. I will post some better pics tonight. The camera on my phone isn’t the greatest.

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#1 posted 593 days ago

Man that’s a beautiful piece. Must have been luck to find Oak like that.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 593 days ago

Believe it or not I have a local lumber wholesaler that cant sell this stuff and has it by the pallet. Cabinet and furniture makers dont want it as its so hard to mill and flooring well forget about it. Heck the Amish wont even touch it even at a discount. I think I bought this for $2.15 a bdft and I am still sitting on 100 bdft. The salesman is pretty good to me as he sets highly figured wood off to the side. The next one is for the wife in curly maple.

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#3 posted 593 days ago

That is really Beautiful!! Great work!!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 593 days ago

Beautiful Oak and you made good use of it : )
Does your source sell it online ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 593 days ago

Fabulous finish.

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#6 posted 593 days ago

Love it…..and I’m sure your friend does too!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 593 days ago

Wow that’s a fantastic ,beautiful and amazing chest ,great work.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 593 days ago

Beautiful wood! Never heard of curly oak. Keep in mind there is no security in wood cases or cabinets.

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#9 posted 593 days ago

That is a super chest of some amazing wood. I can’t believe that your guy has trouble selling that curly oak. Wish I was closer. Nice hinges (Incra Hingecrafter?)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 593 days ago

WOW! I’ve never seen curly oak before. Beautiful wood and also a great project.

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#11 posted 593 days ago

The hinges were made using Incra’s hingecrafter. The wholesaler sells retail only by appointment which can be a pain but its worth it. This curly oak was a pain in the butt. Dont think I will work in curly oak for awhile . A lot of hand work to get it to come out. I charged him for the material only as long as he stayed off my butt about getting it. He got a steal and knows it. Unfortunately now people are lining up and asking for something to get made.

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#12 posted 540 days ago

Very nice! Your Friend is one lucky guy.

-- Russell

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