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Project by ous posted 02-23-2011 11:07 PM 1746 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this chest for my Sweetheart who has been my friend for 75 year and put up with me for 65. She is also the inspiration behind much of my wood work. Any how the chest is made up of tongue and groove Big Leaf Maple Burl from Oregon and framed in Black Walnut from Wisc. The lining is Aromatic Cedar I picked up in Tex. Note the feet. These evolved from a puzzle I make. Check the puzzle I just posted. Feel free to ask questions.

-- Roy Montana

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 11:20 PM

I’m sure your sweetheart loved it. It turned out great. The maple burl is beautiful.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 11:51 PM

I read your home page and I see that you’re 87+ years now. I’m humbled beyond belief! I know you were old enough to have been involved in WWII and I’m assuming you served in some capacity. Thank you for your service to this great nation. Oh yeah, I love the maple burl panels you included. Fantastic work! You have a lucky sweetheart and she’s pretty lucky too! God bless you both! Keep sawing. Maxwell, USN

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 01:06 AM

Interesting use of tongue and groove maple. I have made chests from reclaiimed flooring and your chest has given me some ideas. Interesting feet. I would of loved to see some pictures of partial assembly.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 02:37 AM

Very beautiful chest for a beginner!!! LOL I’ve been married a mere 38 years and I feel the same about my sweetheart. We are both blessed. That chest is a knockout, just gorgeous, I love that maple and walnut, my two favorite woods. God Bless you both and may you enjoy another 75 years of bliss. mike.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 02-24-2011 04:32 AM

wonderful craftsmanship Roy! The woods definitely complement each other. Stay safe Eric!

-- Every one makes mistakes. Some are just better at hiding them then others!

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#6 posted 02-24-2011 04:56 AM

Hey Roy Welcome to LJs
This chest is great I really like the design very well done.

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#7 posted 02-24-2011 05:14 AM

A wonderful and beautiful chest! The grain and color are supurb! A small suggestion, don’t wait another 75 years to make another. ; )

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 02-24-2011 08:19 AM

Wow, I love that! It is really nice! :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#9 posted 02-24-2011 11:46 AM

Very creative and beautiful! Looks great!

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

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#10 posted 02-24-2011 12:54 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 02-25-2011 01:26 AM

That’s a gorgeous chest! I like the feet, the panels, the choice of woods….. Very unique !

-- Carl, Iowa

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