Birch Chest

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Project by Terry Ferguson posted 04-19-2013 01:36 AM 1468 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Small Chest (10 1/2” wide, 17” long, 14” high) made from very low quality birch boards found on a pallet. As I machined these boards, some would fracture and split into pieces. I liked the rustic look and contrasting color in them enough to spend some time repairing, reconstructing, inserting dutchmen, and filling with epoxy. Vertically stacked boards, joined with biscuits, lapped at corners with 1/4” overhang, screwed and plugged. Coopered lid with thinner boards, screwed and plugged, integral handles on each end. One advantage to using boards in a state of decay is that they are bone dry and while still strong, they have lost weight. The chest is a very light 14 pounds.
Local jewelry box master builder, Scot Quartucy, inspired me to experiment with a small sized chest and there was just enough of the birch to complete the project.
Natural Danish Oil, water bourne polyurethane

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#1 posted 04-19-2013 02:18 AM

You did good! Nice product.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 04-19-2013 03:54 AM

Love the look of this.

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

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#3 posted 04-19-2013 03:57 AM

Nice chest and good craftsmanship. I like the contrasting colors.

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#4 posted 04-19-2013 02:32 PM

Well done, Looks great,,,,,, Like the proud joints..

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

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#5 posted 04-19-2013 03:51 PM

Yet another well-crafted, inspired and righteous project from the master craftsman Terry. Thanks for sharing this, Terry. Truly inspiring.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#6 posted 04-19-2013 04:36 PM

Very well crafted. I like the design. It is incredible! How long did it take you to finish this?

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 04-19-2013 06:57 PM

Great job and it turned out great. I really like this project.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#8 posted 04-21-2013 12:33 AM

Arrrrrrr…. a grrrrrrrr8 chest for all of someones treasures.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 04-22-2013 02:35 PM

Wow! You made pallets look great. Like the classic design with the great joinery. Impressive work!

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