Ollie’s Chest

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Project by kenn posted 05-17-2019 12:27 AM 591 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When you have two grandsons, you have to make two chests. This one is Ollie’s. He helped design it, choosing the lid profile and end panel shape. He decided it needed a till (with a secret compartment, shhh, don’t tell anyone) and a lock with a key. He wanted it to be blue.

I decided that he might lock the key inside the chest so I didn’t install the lock catch. It’s made out of poplar and finished with Salem Red milk paint followed by Federal Blue, followed by BLO and then some Briwax. I buff the milk paint out with 0000 steel wool to burnish it.

The hardware was forged by Ian Hart with Cloven Hoof Iron and Wood. He made the nails, crab lock & key, and strap hinges.

Ollie loved it. He literarily jumped for joy when I delivered it. My main issue is that he has a younger sister! I’ve tried to add a few things to projects I make for the grandkids but I don’t think I can add anything else to a painted six board chest. I might have to upgrade to a dovetailed chest.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 05-17-2019 02:03 AM

That smile says it all!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-17-2019 11:41 AM

Yes that smile says it all, how wonderfully happy he looks.
Really fine chest, lovely color.
You did a fine job on that one.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#3 posted 05-17-2019 12:31 PM

That is a VERY satisfied customer!!!! I’ve found that making items for family (especially children) is the most rewarding kind of work.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 05-17-2019 01:30 PM

You’ve made your grandson happy for sure … and there’s nothing better than a secret compartment! My lips are sealed!! Beautiful work Kenn :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#5 posted 05-18-2019 08:13 AM

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#6 posted 05-19-2019 02:18 PM

A lovely chest to a lovely boy. Good to see something made to last

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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