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Project by Miccos posted 09-19-2016 04:21 AM 1118 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife loves her collection of blankets (she calls lovies). I built this chest for her over the past several months from her grandfathers historical plantation barn built in 1860. The barn was severely damaged in a storm and unfortunately had to come down. There were no plans with the exception of Jays Custom Creations providing the starting point. I started with a 3/4 inch finished ply bottom and built up from there. Everything was planed, saw squared, or resawed. The wood is oak, pine, and walnut. I added the walnut for strength and appearance. I built the frame using pocket holes. Pocket holes allowed me to preserve the natural nail holes cracks etc without cutting them off. Not cutting them off as much anyway. I used the walnut dowels for added strength. I think they look cool also. The ends were very brittle and much of the wood has not only been weathered but survived a fire. You can see the black in some of the wood. I laminated the top using biscuit joints and attached it with Rockler Lid Stay hinges. These hinges are expensive but awesome! The bread board ends were my first and still a little rough in my opinion. Rough Walnut resaw was a first for me and used on the panels. The panels were glued to the mdf board which I used to sheath the inside. I trimmed the bottom and inside edge with walnut. Finished with Formbys Tung oil and several coats of wax. This is very heavy and a two man job to carry! She doesn’t like the smell of cedar so I am looking for suggestions on covering the inside. I hope this is a heirloom piece for many generations. This one is special to both of us!

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#1 posted 09-19-2016 09:19 AM

Great work. I like that massive, rustic, old barn look.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-19-2016 01:37 PM

very nice

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#3 posted 09-19-2016 03:09 PM

That’s a great looking chest.

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#4 posted 09-19-2016 08:49 PM

This chest is such a nice piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 09-19-2016 11:22 PM

Building a chest like this is great. Having the story behind the wood, (from the grandfathers barn built in 1860, surviving a fire) makes it twice as nice! Wonderful build and sure to be a heirloom!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 09-20-2016 01:11 PM

Chest looks awesome! The repurposed wood sure looks like it has some stories to tell! The only problem I have with it is that I showed the photo to my wife and now she wants a “lovie” chest for her homemade quilts and blankets! Kudos on a job well done!

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