My first cedar ches

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Project by Todd Barrone posted 312 days ago 1425 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned to build a cedar chest for a man’s wife as a gift. I never built one before, then he made it interesting. He wanted a drawer in it, I never made a cabinet with a drawer either. Quite a learning experience but it sure came out nice. Just needs Polly.

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne

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#1 posted 312 days ago

probably my most favorite wood to work with, cedar. even if peeling the logs is a bit of a drag. nice work here though!

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#2 posted 312 days ago

What a great job, love the look of this.

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

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#3 posted 312 days ago

beautiful chest,todd.
love the cedar and the rustic look.i like the idea of the drawer also.i’ve been wanting to make one also i just cant seem to find a source for cedar,maybe oneday.thanks for sharing,great work as always….

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 312 days ago

Todd todd todd….that is an amazing look you created there bud. NICE build. If thats your first one, cant wait to see the next one ole king of cedar…..

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 312 days ago

Very, very well done. Great job.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#6 posted 312 days ago

Well done!! Very creative look, great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Terry Ferguson

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#7 posted 312 days ago

Nicely done and very sturdy -
I’m a big fan of rustic pieces -
Good work!

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#8 posted 312 days ago

Nice job ….thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 312 days ago

Great job! I wouldn’t have guessed this chest being your first looking at the pictures. I really think the drawer is a nice touch.

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ for free!

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#10 posted 312 days ago

Extremely unique and super nice.

I did some research a couple of years ago when I was going to refinish a cedar chest that is 50+ years old. I found that a coat of shellac is an excellent sanding/sealing first coat that also emphasizes the color and grain.

PLease post finished pictures also.

-- just rjR

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#11 posted 310 days ago

I have built 3 cedar chests I guess. They have a coat of boiled linseed oil on the outside only then sanding sealer after that dried. Then they have lacquer on them. I have one that I built for my mother in 1964 that still looks like new today. The oil really enhances the cedar color. don’t get any finish on the inside or you lose the cedar oil smell.

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#12 posted 309 days ago

Very rustic, very unique, very nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 309 days ago

It’s a beauty! Like the design especially the drawer. Love cedar. Great job!

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