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Project by bobdurnell posted 2191 days ago 1808 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We recently returned from visiting in-laws in Wisconsin and brought home some silver flatware that had been stored in side board. With anything sentimental it should be stored in some nice safe case. Made from red oak and walnut I dusted off my Keller Dovetail jig and proceeded to make a nice flatware chest. I like to add a little interest by using walnut as a 2 1/2inch center stripe. The finish is natural using Minwax polyurethane. I found some silver protecting flannel at a yardage store and had to use dark brown, that’s all they had.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.





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trifern

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#1 posted 2191 days ago

Beautifully constructed flatware box. It will proudly display, store and protect it for many generations. Thank you for sharing.

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

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Bigbuck

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#2 posted 2191 days ago

Very nice, I like your use of the walnut for visual interest.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 2191 days ago

Great work!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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#4 posted 2191 days ago

nice combination of the woods and your work is great : )

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#5 posted 2191 days ago

Very nice work, Bob!

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

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#6 posted 2191 days ago

a beauty of a chest and a beautiful set of silver

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Staff_Sergeant_Chad

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#7 posted 2188 days ago

Did you come up with the design yourself? I’ve been trying to find a plan for one of these!

-- “If God dwells inside us like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that's what He's getting” - Jack Handey

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bobdurnell

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#8 posted 2188 days ago

Sergeant-Chad – Thanks for checking out my box. To answer your question I just layed out the pieces and added a little. It is just a service for eight so it didn’t have to be to big, I lucked out with the width because the knives just fit. The outside dimensions are 11×15 x 3 3/4 inches. The forks and stuff are held in place with a bunch of U shapes cut into a 1×2 piece of wood painted flat black and the knives are held in by making dados accross another 1×2 about a 1/4in deep. I hope this helps. I did google flatware chests and saw a hole bunch that cost a fortune and were for a service for 12.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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Staff_Sergeant_Chad

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#9 posted 2167 days ago

Well, it looks great. My wife won’t stop asking when I’m going to make one!!

-- “If God dwells inside us like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that's what He's getting” - Jack Handey

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#10 posted 337 days ago

Man that’s nice.

-- Harold

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