Heirloom For Three Generations

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Project by ND2ELK posted 03-07-2008 10:58 AM 4038 views 12 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago my wife had made the comment that she wished there was some sort of a heirloom she could pass on to her daughter and grand daughter. I came up with the idea of giving her a trunk for a Christmas present. I knew there were certain items that she wanted them to have. There was her jewelry, some nick-nacks, a few old books, her trade card collection, old photos, small antique collectables, a quilt and poetry she had written in her younger years. My wife has always liked angels, dragon flies and humming birds. So I had an inmate make the wood burnings for the lid. The trunk is made of red oak and finished with watco oil and wax. She loved it and said it was a perfect heirloom to pass on!

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 03-07-2008 12:46 PM

This is a nice trunk. And you are right this is a tangible part of you and your wife that can be passed on to your grandchildren. (From the contents of the trunk it looks like they have taken “possession” of it already).

You have a nice looking family but that one looks like a handful.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-07-2008 01:48 PM

Excellent looking trunk. I think you get many more than three generation out of it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-07-2008 05:37 PM

Truly a splendid item to pass through the family for generations – these type crafted treasures are move valuable than money because, they are created from the heart.

Imagine your grandchildren putting their kids’ blankets in this chest and sharing a story about good ol great Grampa——YOU will smile from heaven and YOU will live in their hearts for eternity !

Great Job!

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#4 posted 03-07-2008 07:08 PM

This is a great trunk? How is it constructed? Specifically, I mean the 3-D appearance. I can’t tell if it is framed panels or just an overlay.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-07-2008 10:15 PM

great trunk. i think that it will be a family heirloom for much longer than 3 generations. great job.

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#6 posted 03-08-2008 05:45 AM

I really like your trunk. So much that I favorited it. Where did you get the hardware?

-- jerryw-wva.

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#7 posted 03-08-2008 05:57 AM

That looks like it filled the request. I have been considering building hope chests for my Nieces. This gives me all sorts of ideas.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 03-08-2008 06:16 AM

I am still carting the family photos, quilts etc. in my Great-Grandmother’s steamer trunk, now through three changes of lodging. I’m sure your trunk will serve the family well. Splendid work.

Did you know the hipped lid was a design feature to assure that one’s trunk would not end up being damaged by being placed on the bottom of a stack of parcels in a ship’s hold. It insured that your goods were always on the top of the stack.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#9 posted 03-08-2008 01:24 PM

Great trunk. I have two that were used by my grandparents. They both need to be restored, however.

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#10 posted 03-08-2008 09:40 PM

Really nice looking trunk – should last for qiute some time.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 03-08-2008 09:46 PM

Thanks for all your comments and everyone tells me it will last a long time . . . but you haven’t met my granddaughter!! She will be 2 next week and she only has one speed – full throttle! We’ve already had to explain that the lid of the trunk only opens up so far, you can’t bend it backwards! It took two of the “older” generation to hold her down to take the picture.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 03-09-2008 09:59 PM

Hi Tom

I love the chest, I love the idea of heirlooms and sharing important things from one generation to the next. btw… That package should arrive next monday or tuesday. God bless

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#13 posted 03-10-2008 12:24 AM

very nice chest,definately a great heirloom everyone will really appreciate it.
you have a beautiful family wish you well.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#14 posted 03-11-2008 08:16 AM

excellent chest…gives me ideas

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#15 posted 03-15-2008 09:52 PM

Very nice chest, i agree with Barry – gives me ideas.

-- Joel Tille

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