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My little beans new cedar chest / toy box

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Project by chaddy posted 2236 days ago 1325 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When you have your first kid and she is a girl you need to make her a cedar hope chest / toy box that she can grow into. I work at a local lumber yard and we always have culls and dunnage that we file in the dumpster. Being the wood worker i am i can’t see good wood go to wast. So 90% of the material I use is stuff people think is junk. Yes it may take a little more time to work. But the benefits of working with culls and dunnage is so much better because you are saveing it form going to the landfill and the fact that it is FREEEEEEEEEEEEE.

the chest is red cedar that was the dunnage on the base row of a unit 1×6 wp4 cedar I was able to get 9 good 16’ 1×8 out of the base of that unit. Only used a few boards wonder what i will do with the rest?

-- Chad Ward Westbrook, ME





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Matt (Upper Cut)

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#1 posted 2236 days ago

Nice work, free too! I like that you didn’t finish the inside at all.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks, http://uppercutwoodworks.com/

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Karson

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#2 posted 2236 days ago

Nice use of discarded materials.

Great project.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 2236 days ago

This is a beautiful toy/hope chest. Great use of “scrap” materials too. That is a winning combination. You get “free” wood to work with and keep usable material from going into a landfill. What is not to like about that.

As to what to do with the rest, I am sure there are some more projects for your daughter that you can design.

By the way she is a doll.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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brunob

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#4 posted 2236 days ago

Free wood and a keepsake too. You can’t beat that.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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trifern

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#5 posted 2236 days ago

Very nice chest that will be cherished for generations. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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ND2ELK

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#6 posted 2236 days ago

Very nice chest. A beautiful herirloom to pass on for generations. I made a steamer trunk for my wife to pass on to her daughter and grand daughter. It is on my sight if you care to look. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Kiersten

69 posts in 2237 days


#7 posted 2236 days ago

What a wonderful cedar chest! I love that she’ll be able to use it as she grows.

-- Kiersten, Los Angeles, http://www.modmomfurniture.com

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 2235 days ago

Free and gift …two of my favorite words !! This is a great project , the knotty cedar adds a lot to the overall look !

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

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