Chest on chest

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Project by Don Newton posted 06-30-2008 02:27 AM 2201 views 4 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was a Honduras Mahogant 18th C Newport style chest on chest. A lot of research and hand labor went into this project. It took over 16 years to build as raising kids got in the way. All of the drawers were dovetailed by hand.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#1 posted 06-30-2008 02:36 AM

I thought some of my projects took a long time! Nice work!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#2 posted 06-30-2008 02:43 AM

Fabulous effort Don. It might have taken 16 years but should be with the family many multiples of that.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 06-30-2008 02:44 AM

WOW! That is absolutely stunning! It really doesn’t matter how long it takes, just so long as it is done with heart.

Now that this piece is done, it will be interesting to see what your next piece looks like.

Welcome to LumberJocks!


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#4 posted 06-30-2008 03:14 AM

Gorgeous piece of furniture. Why not show of those dovetails? Thank you for sharing.

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

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#5 posted 06-30-2008 03:16 AM

The chest is beautiful and beautifully done! You know what they say “good things take a long time to build”. OK, I’m the one who usually says it, because it normally takes me a veeeeeerrrrry long time. (LOL) Great job!

-- JCRug, Prairieville, Louisiana

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#6 posted 06-30-2008 03:48 AM

Hi Don

You are not a hobbist, you are a true craftsman of the craft. You did an outstanding job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 06-30-2008 04:28 AM

beautiful! thanks for the post!

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#8 posted 06-30-2008 04:38 AM

Absolutely gorgeous piece!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 06-30-2008 05:00 AM

Excellent job Don! That is truly a beautiful piece.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#10 posted 06-30-2008 05:06 AM

Wow. That is a beautiful peice, way to keep at it and get it done with style.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#11 posted 06-30-2008 05:18 AM

Hi Don;

Outstanding workmanship.

Anything 18th century Newport is a winner.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 06-30-2008 05:25 AM

Beautiful, well worth the wait, I’m sure.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 06-30-2008 06:32 AM

An amazing piece… The old Newport style pieces have always been one of my favorites…

-- Scott, Colorado

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#14 posted 06-30-2008 07:03 AM

All I can say is WOW!!! Great job!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#15 posted 06-30-2008 01:23 PM

I have a few pieces here that have been it the works for years but I can assure you that if they are ever finished they won’t lok like this! Wow!

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