An oaken chest

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 10-20-2007 09:28 PM 3320 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m sure the word ‘oak’ would suffice, but I like the word ‘oaken’ even if it is archaic. Anyway, this is another piece made from the old school laboratory benches; the framework that is, not the panels. They’re bookmatched burr / burl oak that tested my bandsaw to the limit but I felt the result was worth the smoke.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 10-20-2007 10:25 PM

Another wonderful job with that reclaimed wood, Stewart!

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

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#2 posted 10-20-2007 10:26 PM

very “old world” looking.
This would look lovely in my home ;)

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

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#3 posted 10-20-2007 10:27 PM

Very well done Stewart – even if it is oaken :-)). I really like the hinges – are they custom fitted? Beautiful chest and finish.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 10-20-2007 10:35 PM


That is really nice. On a piece that large, to get full book matched front panels, that is not something you see very often. And the panels are particularly nice, lots of figure, really eye catching. Something that nice seems worth the cost of a blade an a little smoke.

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#5 posted 10-20-2007 10:58 PM

Thanks folks. This one is now brimming over with my wife’s knitting yarns! The hinges, Bill, were cheap (and fairly nasty) DIY steel hinges that I altered with files to look as if they were blacksmith made. Our last local blacksmith closed down two or three years ago. They’re known as penny or halfpenny hinges depending on the size of the circular bit on the end. I then beat them with a ball pein hammer, attacked them with a blowlamp and dropped them in old sump oil (Don’t do this indoors children!). Good grief. the things we do for our art!!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#6 posted 10-20-2007 11:29 PM

Wonderful chest. Great use of the burl.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 10-20-2007 11:33 PM

Stewart The bandsawing went great the veneered panels are really great. What are the dimensions of the panels?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 10-21-2007 01:48 AM

This is a beautiful piece, Stewart! Wow!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 10-21-2007 03:33 AM

Like all of your work Stewart, this is well executed and beautiful. Thanks so much for showing it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 10-21-2007 05:39 AM

I love those panels!

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#11 posted 10-21-2007 05:45 AM

As the young people say “VERY COOL” Stewart
LuLu would say its beautiful
And i sat. it’s a piece of craftsmanship
Well done

-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"

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Damian Penney

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#12 posted 10-21-2007 07:47 AM

Very nice indeed, those panels look amazing.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#13 posted 10-21-2007 08:25 AM

100% Beautiful workmanship, thanks so much for showing and sharing with us.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#14 posted 10-21-2007 09:15 AM

I’m with the rest here – great piece! I’d also be interested in the panel dimensions…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#15 posted 10-21-2007 01:54 PM

“attacked them with a blowlamp and dropped them in old sump oil”

I had to look that one up:
Blowlamp or Blow torch is a common name for a simple heating torch,

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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