Restored Antique Cedar Chest

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Project by svenbecca posted 06-02-2017 12:14 AM 1556 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this little gem in Montgomery and bought it for $35. It had a water damaged lid. It looked like a wet magazine or book was left on top of it under a leak in the ceiling. The skirt was completely destroyed. I took the entire thing apart, which was a task. I was very fortunate that the checkerboard top came off in one piece, so no need to glue that back up. Everything was held together with old rusty iron screws, covered with wood filler. I decided to minimize the hardware and glued it all up. I drilled out the screw holes where I could and used more modern screws where I could not. I filled all of the holes with home made cedar dowels. The smell of the old cedar seemed much stronger in this piece than some of the newer ones I’ve seen. This is a handmade item from the past by someone who obviously did not have a square. I left it the way it was because it sat flat on the floor, so why change it.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#1 posted 06-02-2017 01:28 AM

Wonderful restoration, a very nice piece!

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 06-02-2017 05:04 PM

well done restoration.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 06-02-2017 05:35 PM

Love the story 8^)

Nice save indeed!

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