Honey Locust and Walnut Sea Chest

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Project by Richard posted 10-10-2010 04:31 AM 5904 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another sea chest made from reclaimed materials. The trees were once growing here in Boise, but had to be removed due to disease. Lucky my friend has a sawmill and now the trees will have a second life to them. Originally I wanted to make it out of solid honey locust, but after searching through all my scrap lumber, I simply didnn’t have enough wood to finish the chest. So I mixed in some walnut and the contrasting woods worked on this chest.

I have to give special thanks to Maveric777 to whom I borrowed the cross design. The sea chest will be auctioned off at a Catholic school fundraiser.

As for the honey locust, its one of my favorite woods. Its not produced commercially, local sawyers sometimes saw it. It has a nice orange yellow color to it.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 10-10-2010 04:54 AM

I do love honeylocust, and you created something special with it. Like it!

-- Darrell B.

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#2 posted 10-10-2010 05:42 AM

Beautiful chest. Very well done!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#3 posted 10-10-2010 07:55 AM

Great chest. What is ” honeylocust” in Danish ??

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#4 posted 10-10-2010 12:00 PM

Beautiful chest, I’ve never worked with honey locust. I’ll have to give it a try after I sharpen my tools. LOL

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 10-10-2010 02:01 PM

Very nice, I like the contrast. Well done.

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 10-10-2010 05:56 PM

Gorgeous! I know the next honey locust headed for the woodstove will be diverted to the mill.

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

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#7 posted 10-10-2010 10:48 PM

i think the walnut added a beautiful contrast and touch to the chest :)

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#8 posted 10-11-2010 02:50 AM

Outstanding work Richard! I absolutely love the look of the cross in the lid. You most definitely nailed a home run with this one my friend….

Congratulations on a beautiful piece of work.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 11-21-2011 10:45 PM

Richard, I saw this chest in another post, and wanted to tell you that it is awesome. I like the wood a lot, very well done.

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#10 posted 12-12-2014 03:36 PM

Richard do you know where I could purchase honey locust made into flooring.

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#11 posted 12-12-2014 04:14 PM

Wish we had a bigger supply in the northwest, but the honey locust I get is usually from a tree someone has taken down and sawn into planks, and I am running out of this beutiful wood.

If you do get some flooring, send a picture, I like to see what it looks like.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#12 posted 12-12-2014 04:45 PM

When I get a chance Richard I will send you some pictures of some floors I installed in the 80’s when honey locust was easily found and available. The reason I asked you where I might could purchase some is because one of those clients from the 80’s is wanting to do the rest of his house out of the same wood. Honey locust makes one of the most gorgeous floors you have ever seen. In my opinion there is nothing like and most of the floors I installed and finished in the 80’s look as good today as they did back then. That is one fine chest you made and thanks for the quick response.

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