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Project by stevo_wis posted 01-04-2014 03:46 AM 1264 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter got married in September and I was a bit late getting this finished. The chest was featured in FWW a few months ago but I added the lower panel, coped all the joints instead of stopped chamfers, and carved celtic knots by hand instead of using the router alone. It was my first real relief carving. My granddaughter Neno helped as a mortiser operator and model. The chest is quarter sawn white oak and the floor is lined with cedar.
I finished it with 6 coats of Waterlox and then one coat of wax. I have approximately 300 hours in the project, and I am very pleased with how it turned out.

-- Stevo





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#1 posted 01-04-2014 04:02 AM

Beautiful work, Steve. I love the celtic knot carving.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 04:44 AM

A remarkable piece of work. You’ve made an heirloom treasure.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 07:22 AM

Awesome!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 10:58 AM

Excellent, really well done!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#5 posted 01-04-2014 12:14 PM

you have every right to be pleased. grand chest

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 12:23 PM

excellent work, i like the knots. Where did you find the pattern for them ?

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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#7 posted 01-04-2014 12:29 PM

Very nice. I’ve been playing around with carving a bit – maybe one day I’ll be able to do something half as nice as this…

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#8 posted 01-04-2014 12:38 PM

Awesome work.

Great to have good help

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 01-04-2014 01:16 PM

Words can’t do justice to this magnificent chest, but fantastic comes to mind. The carving is beautiful, an heirloom for sure.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 01-04-2014 02:49 PM

The patterns were something I just found on the internet by googling “celtic knot”. I printed them out and glued lightly to the wood, then just carved through the paper. The rounding of the knot pieces is what took forever.
thanks for all the nice comments.

-- Stevo

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 03:23 PM

Wow that is a beautiful frame and panel chest and the carving is awesome….You did an awesome job, thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#12 posted 01-04-2014 09:00 PM

beautiful chest. The carvings as well as the bead on the rails and styles look great and really take this chest to the next level.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 01-05-2014 12:20 AM

Awesome!

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#14 posted 01-05-2014 01:33 AM

Wonderful work my friend. A family heirloom for sure.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#15 posted 01-05-2014 01:47 AM

Fine piece with outstanding carving. Your daughter should be proud to show it in her home. Nice work.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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