Preserving A Sentimental Object

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Project by Mike Chapman posted 03-28-2010 04:27 PM 2889 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an idea that really makes a friend happy. Using your woodworking talent to preserve some sentimental item from someone’s life. Here are just two examples of what I mean.


A neighbor brought me some metal parts from an antique gas stove which was in his wife’s family kitchen all during her childhood. He wanted to see if the parts could be made into something they could keep and enjoy. The Stove Cabinet resulted. I wanted to make an object which would remind the family of the original gas stove and could be used everyday. Black Walnut makes up the frame and Butternut panels contrast the Walnut. The gas burner knobs and the scrollwork on the bottom skirt are made from Maple. Inside the “plate warmer” way in the back lives a humorous little intarsia owl I named Hooty. The cabinet sits in #2 daughter’s home and will part of the family for generations.


The legs on this chest of drawers are from an antique De Val Cream Separator. These separators where common on Midwestern farms in the 1800s and early 1900s. Using the tall narrow form of the cast iron legs, I created a tall narrow chest made of White Ash. The drawer fronts are made of Wild Cherry. Notice the celebrated (highly visible) joinery. There are six different types of wood jointery used to construct this piece. The crown at the top is Cherry inlaid with Walnut berries. There are also two hidden (secret) compartments among the drawers. These are both fun and useful. This piece now proudly resides in a good neighbor’s home.


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#1 posted 03-28-2010 05:37 PM

Great projects! I especially like the job you did on the stove cabinet. Beautiful work & amazing result. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#2 posted 03-28-2010 06:14 PM

That is a great idea and looks fantastic.

-- Marc - Tucson, AZ

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#3 posted 03-28-2010 06:23 PM

The stove cabinet is frickin’ gorgeous!

-- Steve-

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#4 posted 03-28-2010 06:25 PM

I really like these two ideas. You’ve taken some persoanl history and made things that are beautiful out of it.

Personally, I would have cleaned up and refinished the separator legs, however. I understand why you did it your way, but I think there is elegance in the lines of that original that transcends the patina you left on it. I’m just nit-pickin’: these are both beautiful works!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#5 posted 03-28-2010 06:40 PM

cool looking projects…. nicely put together..

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#6 posted 03-28-2010 08:19 PM

Totally neat… As woodn1 already said – frikkin’ gorgeous… I am probably stretching it saying the chimney chest is reminiscent of Krenov…

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#7 posted 03-28-2010 09:01 PM

Thank you everyone. More to follow.


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#8 posted 03-29-2010 02:19 AM

this is wonderful!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 03-29-2010 02:37 AM

Looks like it was a fun project. I especially like the touch with the coffee pot. Good way to put several methods of work to use in a project.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#10 posted 03-29-2010 02:58 AM

looks good

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#11 posted 03-29-2010 07:18 AM

Really like the stove cabinet. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 03-30-2010 02:31 AM

Great idea.

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#13 posted 12-19-2011 02:38 AM

I enjoy the exposed joinery and the contrasting woods on the chimney chest. The stove cabinet is beautifully done. Excellent work!

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