Messing around with a white cedar tree

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Project by Richard posted 03-18-2011 04:34 AM 2245 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A reclaimed chest made from a white cedar tree, walnut scraps. The cedar had large defects which I filled with turquoise inlay (not sure if this was the best choice, but I went with it). The chest is 30” by 14” by 16” and it came from a tree in someone’s yard. I had the boards sitting in my workshop not knowing what to do with it, so I built this. Not sure if I will do it again since it doesn’t take much to dent or scratch the surface. Anybody have any suggestions on what finish to use on soft cedar wood to protect from scratches? I am donating this chest to a silent auction charity and I hope someone likes the rustic look of this chest.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 03-18-2011 04:41 AM

arm-r-seal might work out alright… will build a fairly protective film, not sure if it will penetrate enough to harden the wood’s surface though.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#2 posted 03-18-2011 05:36 AM

Good looking chest, one of a kind , should do good in a silent auction.

-- Tony, South west Missouri

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#3 posted 03-18-2011 07:22 AM

I think it’s beautiful, it will do great at the auction! The turquoise works very well the the colors in the wood – all sand and desert colors.

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#4 posted 03-18-2011 08:29 AM

Great grain pattern…nice job.

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#5 posted 03-18-2011 11:43 AM

I look at cedar chests as something that should be rustic and show the effects of use: adds character. I would use a simple satin poly and call it done. I really like the grain on the top.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 03-18-2011 05:14 PM

Nice job and way to think outside the box! I have wanted to try this for a while.

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

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#7 posted 06-15-2011 04:07 PM

Wonderful Chest, Great looking wood and excellent choices of pattern location, and choices of trim wood, fine construction with added interest and function with the interior features, just an all around KNOCK OUT, thanks for sharing

ps. Very Kind Gesture to donate this “Most Worthy” project

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#8 posted 07-07-2012 03:28 AM


You have to stop “messing around” and do sumpin useful!!!!

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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