Blanket Chest from old oak church pews

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Project by lrob posted 01-21-2018 02:20 AM 1219 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this Chest from recycled oak from two church pews sections. Some pew section were remove at our church and because they were in sections they were not complete so I recycled them into a blanket chest. The Chest is 18” high, 26” wide, and 14” deep. I planed down lumber to a little under 3/4”. I butt joined the main case with 1/4” wooden pegs and glue. The skirt I used with miter joints with nails and glue. The bottom of the case is loose and resting on cleats. I still have the sides of two pew section and thinking about something I can make out of them. The arm rests are beautiful curved walnut pieces. The sides of the sections have raised panels and everything painted white accept the arm rests. Nice old wood from the mid 1800’s. Finished with 4 coat of satin laquer and then polished with bowling alley wax. I love re purposing lumber.

-- Remember the one with the most toys when he dies WINS!

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#1 posted 01-21-2018 02:28 AM

Looks great! The wood grain and natural color variations are really pretty.

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#2 posted 01-21-2018 01:31 PM

Very Nice Indeed! Well Done Also!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 01-21-2018 02:08 PM

Love the chest and love the recycling. I recently made a similar chest out of white oak and it weighed a ton. Is your chest heavy as lead like mine? LOL

-- I thought you said there was no metal in this log !!!!!!!!!!!!

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#4 posted 01-21-2018 04:34 PM

Nice job on recycling wood. The chest looks really good.


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#5 posted 01-21-2018 04:38 PM

That is very cool. Glad to see any type of wood reclaimed. GREAT job!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 01-21-2018 05:12 PM

The box looks great. Love the recycled story behind it too! Just a suggestion, perhaps you could make a second one and raffle or auction it off to raise money for your church. I have yet to learn of a church that couldn’t use the money. Just a suggestion though.

-- Why is there never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over?

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#7 posted 01-21-2018 07:51 PM

This is a beautiful chest and shows a lot of fine quality.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 01-21-2018 09:37 PM

A couple of comments: The oak was very light as it has been drying for over 170 years. I sold it at our church fair for a young ladies hope chest. All the wood I have gotten from the church has gone into projecst that I sold at the Church Fair. Look at some of my pass project from organ wood.

-- Remember the one with the most toys when he dies WINS!

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