Silver Chest - for my granddaughters

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Project by doug_w posted 12-11-2015 08:29 PM 1199 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made three of these, one for each of my granddaughters for Christmas. The youngest is 8 so I will hold onto it for a few years. The center section of the top is fiddle back mahogany and the rest of the wood is sepele as Honduras mahogany is almost impossible to find these days – sepele (African Mahogony) is a better match than West Indian mahogany and I like the grain more than non-figured Honduran – it also has a reasonable price. Pommele sepele has an absolutely beautiful figure that I built some sofa tables with (veneer), but quite pricey.

For those making silver chests, one of the big challenges is putting in the silver cloth without wrinkles. I had great success using hot hide glue as you can put it down thin and heat it back up with a hair dryer if you need to re-adjust the wrinkles. Make sure you apply the glue to the wood and don’t get the cloth saturated as hide glue dries really hard.

-- Doug, Georgia

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#1 posted 12-11-2015 08:51 PM

Beautifully done! I know your granddaughters will cherish it for years. Now I assume Grandma is going to fill them up.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 11:42 PM

Great job Grandpa!
They will think about you every time they open it.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#3 posted 12-12-2015 10:36 AM

It looks so old and rustic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 12-12-2015 01:53 PM

very nice

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