Cherry Chest/Father-Son Project

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Project by dpow posted 12-30-2010 07:44 PM 2506 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in early November, my son asked if I thought he would have enough time during his Thanksgiving(4 days)and early Christmas break(starting Dec. 18th) from college to build something for his girlfriend for Christmas. He sent me a picture he had found of a cherry chest and had a rough idea of the size he wanted it to be. We spent time at Thanksgiving sketching some ideas and cutting out some pieces. Because it was his project, I didn’t touch it or work on it until he came home for Christmas. My shop was a flurry of activity that week before Christmas day. He was busy with his project(with some help and guidance from me), and I was trying to finish-up some cutting boards that were promised as gifts. What fun! The last coat of finish went on the chest at noon of the 24th. The chest looks great. His girlfriend loves it. But the best part of the whole thing is being able to share some skills and some time with one of the kids in the woodshop. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year, with lots of shop time.

Cherry with Watco Danish Oil. Approx 18”H x 18”D x 35”L

-- Doug

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 08:43 PM

Nice chest and nice story, I love spending time with my son in the shop don’t get nearly enough of those memories. Enjoy the time with family and you all have a Happy New Year

-- Bob "Every breath I take as a Free man was paid for with the blood of an American Soldier"

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 10:03 PM

I don’t know what’s better the chest or spending time with your college aged son, both are priceless. He did a great job.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 10:33 PM

What a great job and Kudos to your son! Great to spend time working with him I’m sure!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 12-31-2010 04:41 AM


Wow! That’s really nice, and done with such speed! Thanks for sharing.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 04:43 AM

WOW Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 12-31-2010 04:27 PM

Great job!! What joy to spend time with your son and build something together.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 12-31-2010 04:35 PM

I wish my dad would spend more time with me building stuff out of wood. I only get to build stuff out of metal with him. But oh well.


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#8 posted 12-31-2010 04:44 PM

Nice Chest!

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#9 posted 12-31-2010 05:16 PM

Beautiful Chest Sr. you did an awesome build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#10 posted 12-31-2010 07:37 PM

Beautiful chest, great story!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#11 posted 08-07-2012 02:10 PM

That is a beautiful piece. Getting to spend some time with your son and share your passion for woodworking is great. One of my children was a helper when I made my workbench. She’s only 10 so she helped hold things and different things. Now every time she looks at that workbench you can see her smile. And she will tell people, “I helped build that”. Now when ever I’m working with my tools one of the kids is always asking what I’m building and if they can help. It’s great to share my hobby with them.

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