Small Painted Chest

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Project by woodcut posted 04-15-2014 03:47 AM 1541 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a small (12×16x25) keepsake chest made from pine, a gift to a friend who likes rustic furniture.

I wanted it to look old & distressed so I used a crackle finish (flat blue over red) and strategic sanding, along with brown stain on the worn-thru areas of the paint. Inside is finished with garnet shellac.

Some of the Plaster of Paris that was added to the blue paint (to “flatten” it even more) wasn’t blended completely, and showed up as white spots on the surface after a light sanding, helps with the rustic look also.

I wanted to try “lovetails” (heart-shaped pins) on a project and thought this was a good opportunity for them…
Gives it some character and visual interest.

Thanks for looking!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#1 posted 04-15-2014 03:58 AM

Lovetails. Love it! Nice work :)

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#2 posted 04-15-2014 12:20 PM

Great looking period box, very authentic in appearance. Curious about the process for the pins & tails, which came first? and am I correct in assuming all shaping was by hand & chisel? Great looking, especially the way you painted them.

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#3 posted 04-15-2014 01:37 PM

Nice and quaint. It definitely looks just like something out of the past.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 04-15-2014 01:44 PM

Very nice!! Love the love tails.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 04-15-2014 02:29 PM

this is a terrific box..the lovetails are wonderful..the paint super. A real nice box. congrats

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#6 posted 04-15-2014 05:56 PM

really fantastic!!

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#7 posted 04-15-2014 10:18 PM

I love it too. Great finish. Congrats.



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#8 posted 04-15-2014 10:46 PM

Oldtool, the tails came first… drilled two holes and cut out the ‘V’ to make the heart, then marked for the pins (all by hand). Knowing this was going to be a rustic piece, I didn’t worry much about a perfect pin/tail fit… I actually rounded over the ends of the pins slightly to accentuate them..

Thanks for all the kind words!

-- Carl, Iowa

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