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Project by Dkol posted 03-25-2009 08:40 PM 3059 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this last summer as a wedding gift for my God-daughter. The couple live in Wyoming and their decorating tastes seem to run “old western” or “rustic” so I tried to make something that would fit in.

The chest is approximately 14” X 9” X 11” included poker chips, cribbage board, dominoes, dice, playing cards and a few other games. Overall weight with goodies enclosed, 48 lbs.

Originally I was going to use Cherry, but then I saw this really wild looking quarter sawn White Oak at the wood supplier.

I had not worked with White Oak before and it gave me an education. When I was finished with the construction, dealing with tear out, mostly, I moved a drum sander to the top of my wish list (finally got it this December).

Finish is Waterlox

The photos do not do this justice, I took them in a hurry the day before I left for the wedding. The finish appears dead and dull in the photos, but is much richer in person. A word of advice, colored backdrops make color correction a nightmare, I should have known better.

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#1 posted 03-25-2009 09:04 PM

Looks very well made.

Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking

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#2 posted 03-25-2009 09:58 PM

nicely done

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 03-25-2009 10:20 PM

i like that when you say rustic, it doesn’t mean cheap. We’ve got a few people on this site that understand a rustic look means that care went into the contruction and that it isn’t overly embelished, but is still high qaulity. I feel that this means the items have a warmth to it.

I feel like some design TV shows have hijacked the word and made it to mean cheap. Keep up the good work and continue the fight to restore the classiness that should be associated with “rustic” pieces!

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#4 posted 03-25-2009 10:55 PM

Really nice.

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

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#5 posted 03-26-2009 12:56 AM

Some very distinct grain in this wood, I’m not usually an oak lover, but this looks very nice, and you did a great job in construction of it.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 03-26-2009 01:46 AM

That is some nice looking wood and it looks like a really nice piece of work in the pictures. If the photos don’t do it justice as you say, then it must be a real thing of beauty.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#7 posted 03-26-2009 01:57 AM

It looks pretty good to me. I like rustic when it’s solid, and this looks just that. Good job!

-- Chris

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#8 posted 03-26-2009 03:44 AM

That wood was the perfect choice for this project. Even though the finish didn’t show well in the photos your craftsmanship sure did.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#9 posted 03-27-2009 12:53 AM

Yes, yes, yes! I haven’t posted for a while but I had to comment on this. Never mind the drum sander, get a cabinet scraper like a Stanley/Record No 80 – these are the dog’s testicles. A really excellent job.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#10 posted 03-27-2009 12:56 AM

DKol, welcome to LJ. I hope you enjoy it here. This is a great looking piece. Great choice of wood and I like the design. So what kind of drum sander did you end up with?

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#11 posted 03-27-2009 12:58 AM

Very nice piece!

The wood is excellent.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 03-27-2009 02:46 AM


welcome to l-jocks

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 04-01-2009 04:40 PM

Woodhacker: I got a Jet 10/20 sander.

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#14 posted 06-28-2009 11:16 PM

the box joints really stand out on this it made from quarter sawn white oak?congrats on a box well done.

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#15 posted 07-03-2011 06:20 AM

Very beautiful. I really like it. As a matter of fact, may I use it as inspiration to make one for my brother ? It will be a perfect christmas gift.

-- Yves

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