I know what you are thinking..."Oh no, not another cedar chest"

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Project by BusterB posted 09-30-2013 03:07 PM 2841 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanted to build my wife a cedar quilt chest to match the one I built for her mother earlier in the year. Did try to apply some of the lessons I learned on the first one during this build as well as trying a couple of new things. 40” x 18” with a wipe on poly finish. The original plan was to give it to her as a Christmas present but its pretty hard to hide something of this size….lol My friend who runs the saw mill wants two of them for his daughter-n-laws so I told him if he would supply the cedar I would be happy to build them for him. He has helped me out alot and would never accept a dime. He has so far refused my offer because he doesnt want them if he “cant pay me for my time”. I have tried to explain to him I dont woodwork for money. I have this silly notion that as soon as I start doing that, it will go from being a stress releaving hobby to a job. The negotiations continue….lol.

-- 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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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-30-2013 03:09 PM

This is really beautiful

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-30-2013 03:12 PM

Very nice work Buster.

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#3 posted 09-30-2013 03:12 PM

Monte- I am floored buddy, that means alot coming from a artist of your caliber…thank you sir.

Jim- you gave me some advice earlier in the year on chest building… You helped me out a lot. thanks sir

-- 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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#4 posted 09-30-2013 03:14 PM

It is a lovely build. Not sure I actually see that many.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Cedar Furniture Lodge

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#5 posted 09-30-2013 03:32 PM

Buster I have to say that is awesome! Your chest put mine to shame sir, tell me please how you did the legs. I understand the dilemma with your buddy, all I can say is good luck. LOL

-- "The Cedar King"

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#6 posted 09-30-2013 03:54 PM

wayne- Thank you sir. They are lurking out there…just waiting to pounce…lol

Todd- Was gonna ship it to you for finishing…lol Should have raised camera angle a bit on base (legs). Used bandsaw to cut profiles then mitered corners. Glued them in place then counter sunk screws all the way around. last step was cut angle braces to go in corners to hold it all in place side to side. One of these days you are gonna have to show me how to finish cedar. I keep fighting “dry” spots.

-- 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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#7 posted 09-30-2013 03:59 PM

My Dad and I used to make a dozen or more cedar chests each year. We would make them in our “spare” time during the spring and fall (we usually built a house each summer) and would sell them like hotcakes during the winter Christmas buying season. No advertising or show, just word of mouth. We charged $35 for them but members of our church could get them for $25.

I used to do most of the sanding, using a Craftsman 1/2 sheet vibrating sander. I must have gone through several reams of old quartz grit sandpaper. Boy did I hate sanding…

Your cedar chests look great. Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#8 posted 09-30-2013 04:13 PM

This is a fine looking chest. You’ve done a great job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 09-30-2013 05:22 PM

Thats a really good looking chest buddy. Absolutely love the cedar. Being as how us folks in East TN are blessed with it, I use alot of it as well. How did you finish it? Love the design. The quality and craftsmanship are 2nd to none. Great job buddy!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 09-30-2013 05:30 PM

Buster, what height is your wife?
What business are you in? LoL
Great looking chest, I can imagine the fragrance.
Here is a deal that will suit both of you, he can supply some extra boards
in exchange for you building them.
You never know when you will need another, in case someone steels you
parking or doesn’t take the horses head hint. wink!


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 09-30-2013 06:11 PM

Beautiful cedar chest…nicely done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#12 posted 09-30-2013 06:17 PM

Great looking chest Buster. I think it should be a tradition for every home to have one. As Jamie said, make a deal for some extra wood, you can’t loose. The shop must sure smell good. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 09-30-2013 07:42 PM

Very nice chest, Buster!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 09-30-2013 07:53 PM

Very nicely done, and why don’t you suggest you’ll take it out in wood (which it sounds like he already provides)?

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 09-30-2013 07:57 PM

I like the clean lines of this chest Buster. Nice work!! Here is my take on giving people a price for my work; If I charge too much, they are mad, if I charge too little, then I am mad. So, if I make something that I might want to sell to whom ever, I make it, put a price on it and leave it at that. If it sells, I am happy and who ever buys it must be OK with the price or the item would still be sitting in my shop :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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