Chester County Bible Box, curly cherry

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Project by bbrown posted 01-25-2013 09:13 PM 2011 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anniversary Bible Box, Chester County, PA, ca. 1740. Curly cherry – Boiled linseed oil and shellac.

Line-and-berry design on the front is based on those I saw at a Wintertur exhibit last year. Side inlays are initials of my wife and myself, with some added frills, in holly and dyed walnut.

This was made to match a spice box I made just prior with the same wood.
I think I will add an insert tray.

Thanks for looking and God bless.


Forest, VA

-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 09:30 PM

Great match for your spice cabinet and great job—outstanding craftsmanship!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 01-25-2013 09:32 PM

How about that Tool chest in the Background,

Very nice on your work!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 01-25-2013 11:57 PM

Beautiful box and workmanship. Love the inlay….very nicely done.

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

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#4 posted 01-26-2013 02:21 AM

Very nice inlay and beautiful box, great work.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 01-26-2013 05:17 AM


Your workmanship is outstanding. The box will certainly become an heirloom. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 01-26-2013 06:36 AM

This is beautiful work! Love it.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#7 posted 01-26-2013 12:08 PM

Magnificent, what else can be said. Thanks for showing, great inspiration to all woodworkers.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 01-26-2013 12:36 PM

Thanks very much for the kind comments.

You might notice that the inlaid letters were limited by either straight lines or, when a curve was involved, by the arc of a compass. My hope is to be able to do more ‘free-hand’ traditional lettering, as done by the likes of Steve Latta. That looks like rather tricky work, but the lettering looks better IMO.

Thanks again and God bless,


-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8

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#9 posted 01-26-2013 12:40 PM

Pat, That ‘tool chest’ is an apothecary chest from a 19th century country store. I found it in Roanoke Rapids, NC in an antique shop. Quite handy for small stuff, and the old pine patina is really pretty.


-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8

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#10 posted 01-26-2013 04:11 PM

Really sharp, I like it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 01-26-2013 04:54 PM

I love the line and berry inlay – very impressive!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 12-29-2013 09:25 PM

Fantastic work!


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#13 posted 01-06-2014 03:53 PM

Thank you Lee.

-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8

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