Reclaimed spalted red oak letter chest

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Project by Richard posted 08-29-2010 01:46 AM 2628 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another chest for charity. The red oak came from a demolition site where they were removing trees, and the red oak was a little more spalted than I liked and part rotted (I had to cut out the punky parts).

I wanted to build a letter chest where one could hold their lover’s letters and such like they did a long time ago, but with the age of email and twitter, I guess I am out of touch. Oh well, the chest is going to a silent auction and I will fill those inner bins with chocolate coins and huge chocolate bars in the letter holders to intice the bidding. I guess the winner will decide to store letters or chocolates in their chest.

On the front, a knothole fell out so I inlayed it with some turquoise, and placed some left over wallpaper on the floor of the chest.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 08-29-2010 02:07 AM

This a beautiful box. I really like the detail of the inlay. I try to incorporate knots and flaws in my boxes and I think I’m going to have to give this technique a try.
I really don’t think you’ll need the chocatlate as inticement…...I’ll bet this box will be getting lots of attention just the way it is.

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 02:32 AM

What a traditional project executed with real class. Hope the auction goes well and thanks for supporting others with your talents. Keep up the good work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 02:48 AM

There are folks who still appreciate tangible things they can touch.

Just try and put a soft rose perfume on an email for instance….

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#4 posted 08-29-2010 02:56 AM

Very nice box! I’m sure it will be a big hit at the silent auction! What type of hinges are those that you used on this box? Not sure that I’ve seen hinges such as these used on a box before.

Great job!


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#5 posted 08-29-2010 04:49 PM

Great job, that is one beautiful box!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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