Wedding Chest

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Project by OttoH posted 05-01-2010 09:50 PM 3609 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent the evenings for the past few weeks in my shop working on a Wedding Chest for my Daughter’s Wedding on the 2nd of May and here is the result. I started with an old entertainment center that was given to me a couple of years ago by the Grooms Parents. I stripped down the wood using 3M “Safest Stripper” which worked fairly well, the center had white paint over a stain and underneath all of that was some nice ¾-inch plywood. All of the trim and decorative wood is Cypress, which was reclaimed from the bottom of a river in Louisiana about ten years ago. (I have a friend that feeds me a few boards whenever I get out there on business) My daughter used to be an Au Pair in Switzerland and enjoyed travelling to France on a regular basis, which is why I carved the Eifel Tower on each side of the front. I finished the outside with a Red Oak stain and Johnson’s Paste Wax, then lined the inside with Cedar strips. I am not totally happy with the chest, but then I know where all of the mistakes are, I did learn an awful lot though and will improve with the next big project. Oh yeah on the bottom is my personal blessing for their marriage, it reads “May your Love, your Joy, your Blessings, and your Contentment grow with each New Day”

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#1 posted 05-02-2010 03:40 AM

Hey Otto,
Sweet design and finish…nice job.

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#2 posted 05-02-2010 03:47 AM

So nice a very special gift that will be treasured by them for years to come.


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#3 posted 05-02-2010 04:16 AM

Heirloom piece! Love the hearts.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#4 posted 05-02-2010 05:42 PM

Very nice, it will be treasured for years, great finish.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#5 posted 05-02-2010 09:44 PM

congrat´s with your daughters marryed today
I´ll bett she loved the gift from you
and that she will treassure the chest in the years to come
great work DAD


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#6 posted 05-03-2010 03:49 AM

cool posting … fun to read and good photos

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

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#7 posted 05-03-2010 03:56 AM

This is so nice, something they will treasure always. It got me choked up.
Best wishes to the happy couple!

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#8 posted 06-25-2010 07:04 AM

Very nice. You put alot of thought into this to make it special for your daughter. It is a one of a kind piece of art and will be handed down to one of her children.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#9 posted 10-26-2010 04:26 PM

I like the patern of wood on the inside of the chest. The “different” feel of the inside of the chest really complements the outside and vis versa. Nice job, remebering the details even where they are less noticable. your daughter and new son will definatly enjoy this. I am also empressed with the symetric Eifel tower carvings.

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#10 posted 06-30-2015 08:09 PM

Fantastic Otto.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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