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Project by bbrown posted 10-12-2014 11:49 PM 3151 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a common form in the 18th and early 19th century. In the south it was a commonly called a ‘sugar chest’, used for staple foodstuffs such as sugar and coffee, etc. In the north this form was usually known as a ‘cellarete’ and was often used to store liquor.

Curly maple with shellac finish. The piece is in a sunny spot and it has a nice glow (chatoyance) in the afternoon. I enjoy doing inlay, but am finally going to try some veneer on my next project – a William and Mary spice box on frame.

Apologies for the poor photo quality.


Thanks for looking,

-Bill

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com





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chrisstef

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#1 posted 10-13-2014 12:17 AM

Wow. Joinery, finish, inlay, right down to the hardware. Wow.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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HillbillyShooter

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#2 posted 10-13-2014 12:33 AM

Beautiful piece and great display of your craftsmanship!

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

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RogerBean

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#3 posted 10-13-2014 12:35 AM

Lovely piece. I like it a lot.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 10-13-2014 01:20 AM

Wonderful work and super design. Love it.

-- Noel

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#5 posted 10-13-2014 03:42 AM

Excellent build ,outstanding workmanship and a most beautiful piece.

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bbrown

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#6 posted 10-13-2014 11:56 AM

Thank you very much guys.

-Bill

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com

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MadeinMT

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#7 posted 10-13-2014 01:29 PM

Beautiful. Love the glow the shellac provides.

-- Ron, Montana

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david38

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#8 posted 10-13-2014 01:45 PM

looks great

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Ocelot

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#9 posted 10-13-2014 03:42 PM

Beautiful!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 10-13-2014 05:43 PM

Beautiful job on this. Great choice of woods.

Lee

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Mike Hillman

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#11 posted 10-13-2014 06:59 PM

Beautiful in every detail.

-- Mike

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#12 posted 10-13-2014 07:30 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Love all the attention to detail. Great job

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Mainiac Matt

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#13 posted 10-13-2014 08:21 PM

Very nice project…

And I learned two new words from your write up:

cellarete’ & chatoyance

:^)

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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BenR

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#14 posted 10-13-2014 08:57 PM

Fantastic display of craftsmanship! Love it. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Ben in Va

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#15 posted 10-14-2014 12:30 AM

Great looking sugar chest! Although I’d probably use it as a cellarete….......!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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