Curly Cherry Retirement Chest

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Project by dcountry posted 05-23-2013 06:06 PM 1504 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this retirement chest for my boss who was retireing out of the Army after 20+ years. I wanted something that looked a little rustic but had a beauty all its own. This is what I came up with. Its 34inches long by 19.5 inches tall by 16 inches deep. Finger joints at the corners and wooden hinges. I added the shadow box and lined it in cedar. I dyed the wood twice, the first time with antique cherry and the second time with a 50/50 mix of antique cherry and red cherry diluted down to 50%. I sanded the dye back each time after it dried. I used two coats of tung oil followed up by hand rubbed poly. I left the sapwood in it fully knowing it wont color the same over time as the rest but i think it added to the look I was trying to achieve. Unfortunelty I only had half the stuff to go in the shadow box by time of presentation and hope to put the rest in by the end of June for him. He was blown away when he got it as we kept it strictly on the DL in the office

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#1 posted 05-23-2013 07:02 PM

Now this is what I call a nice piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 05-23-2013 07:14 PM

That is really nice!

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#3 posted 05-23-2013 09:09 PM

Awesome… Nice work, thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#4 posted 05-23-2013 09:33 PM

Very beautiful – both the wood and craftsmanship are great. If you had the chance to take another picture, I’d really like to see a close up of the hinges.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#5 posted 05-23-2013 09:58 PM

Beautiful! Amazing wood and great use of it!

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#6 posted 05-23-2013 11:10 PM

Love that curly cherry!!! Beautiful chest.

-- Marcos, California

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#7 posted 05-24-2013 12:47 AM

Very nice.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 05-24-2013 01:04 AM

Excellent! Beautiful wood choice.

I too would like to see the hinges.

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

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#9 posted 05-24-2013 04:20 PM

yes sir, a real beauty, i have been working with some wild cherry the last few months, and i really love working with it, your curly cherry is fantastic, what a great gift for your boss, you did a wonderful job on the build, if possible i would also like to see an up close shot of the hinges…there are lots of folks on here who love wooden hinges…thanks for sharing this with us…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 05-28-2013 02:55 PM

It’s a beauty indeed! Great wood choice, design and joinery. I’m sure your boss will be delighted with it. Thanks for the service as well.

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