Figured Walnut and Oak Chest

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Project by HeirloomWoodworking posted 12-16-2010 12:12 AM 7547 views 16 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This over-sized chest was crafted for my eldest daughters high school graduating class of 2011, to benefit their post-graduation celebration.

Constructed with mortise-tenon and rail-stile techniques there are virtually no metal construction fasteners used in this project.

The project features: highly-figured Nebraska grown black walnut, Nebraska grown aromatic red cedar linings, removable/floating dovetailed maple trays, 8 coats of General Finishes Arm-r-Seal, wood keyed miters, a continuous hinge & slam-proof lid supports.

The walnut panels are lumber from the sawmill of our fellow Lumberjock friend saw4fun (Rastus) at Native Lumber & Sawmill. I really enjoyed using the unusual piece with an actual walnut that had somehow grown into the wood of the tree.

Perhaps this is common, but it is the first such “knot” that I had seen.

It is my understanding that the group is going to use this as a “Valentines Day” raffle. Other businesses are donating flowers, boxes of candy, meal gift certificates, etc to place in the chest. I hope that they are successful in their fund-raising, as the over-all goal is to put on a post-graduation celebration to help keep our beloved young people safe.

Lovingly handcrafted it is my hope that the future owner of this piece enjoys it in their home, as much as I enjoyed creating it.

A photo album slide-show of this project can be viewed HERE


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 12:18 AM

Nicely Done !!!

All kinds of things grow in trees.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 12-16-2010 12:35 AM

Beautiful chest. your wood combination looks excellent.

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#4 posted 12-16-2010 02:00 AM

WOW…. thats some kind of BEAUTIFUL!!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut [email protected]#%#[email protected]!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#5 posted 12-16-2010 02:07 AM

Trevor … Nice job! It is BEAUTIFUL. What a great contribution to the class of 2011. Thanks for sharing and happy holidays! Be / play safe.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 12-16-2010 02:10 AM

Now that is an impressive use of reclaimed woods. I am will have look into this mortise-tenon technique on my chests. The light and dark contrasts of your chest is an eye catcher and I bet this will be a hot item at the silent auction.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#7 posted 12-16-2010 04:34 AM

Butiful chest I like the figured panels

-- wchips

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#8 posted 12-16-2010 04:45 AM

Thats a nice chest.

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#9 posted 12-16-2010 09:16 AM

Wow! Beautiful! I really like the contrasting & figured wood. Nicely done.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#10 posted 12-16-2010 03:29 PM

Now that is one “Sweet” chest!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 12-16-2010 03:44 PM

Very nice! Where do I get my tickets?

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#12 posted 12-16-2010 04:08 PM

That’s one very nice chest, love the colors and the contrasting wood, the interior is beautiful, great craftsmanship, congradulations on a well done job.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 12-16-2010 04:23 PM

Your chest is truly amazing. I love the contrast that Oak and Walnut provide. I’ve been tinkering with making my daughter a chest, and this is the motivation I needed! Thanks!

-- Dale in Bellevue, NE

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#14 posted 12-19-2010 06:38 AM

You have once again out-done yourself my friend!! I absolutely love the design.. And the wood is o.k. too ;) You have developed quite the art of filling in the defects/”character to add so much to the overall appeal. It would be awesome if you could email me some full-size pics of this project to add to the “Customer Projects” section of my Facebook page so maybe I can do a little advertising for you for a change! Once again, VERY well done!

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#15 posted 01-30-2011 11:38 PM

That is soo nice

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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