And another spice chest

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Project by acanthuscarver posted 04-05-2008 04:23 AM 3163 views 6 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s a tiger maple fest tonight, folks. Here’s another spice chest on frame I’ve made. This one is in tiger maple. It has carved Spanish feet and tombstone raised panel doors. There are some secret compartments but I don’t have pictures. This is the piece around which I wrote the article “It’s a Secret” in the November 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. The piece stand about 33” high. It has my standard analine dye color and shellac finish. I hope you enjoy it.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#1 posted 04-05-2008 04:39 AM

Again Beautiful , enjoyed it

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

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#2 posted 04-05-2008 04:40 AM


These pieces are visual delights. Your staining really pops the grain. Your finish on the piece looks really good.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#3 posted 04-05-2008 04:41 AM

Beautiful. Top notch work.

-- Jason, AL

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#4 posted 04-05-2008 04:49 AM

...if it gets used for real spices, it will be the best smellin’, best lookin’ thing around!

-- Sawmill Lodge -

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#5 posted 04-05-2008 04:55 AM

I bet all those little drawers were a pain. The tombstone doors are great.

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

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#6 posted 04-05-2008 05:23 AM

Another astonishing piece. How long did it take?

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 04-05-2008 10:29 AM

You are truely a master craftsman. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 04-05-2008 12:31 PM

Chuck, Your work is Totally Totally Beautiful, It truly does my heart good to be on LJ and have the oppurtunity to witness ALL this Beautiful, Meticulous, and Museum Quality work as yours and our Lumber Jock members. Am wondering what High School you went to, I went to school with a Chuck Bender in the Southmoreland School District of Pa. Look forward to seeing more of your Awesome Work….your brother in woodworking John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#9 posted 04-05-2008 01:14 PM

Beautiful work. You must have one very happy client.

-- Bob

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#10 posted 04-05-2008 01:49 PM

That is just some excellent work. Great to see it. Thanks

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 04-05-2008 04:22 PM

Again, that is some beautiful work Chuck, maybe you could start giving us lessons. I haven’t seen this quality of work around here in a long time. mike

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

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#12 posted 04-05-2008 04:47 PM

Hubba hubba, what a set of legs on that beauty.
Seriously – top flight, glorious craftsmanship. That is one log that died and went to heaven.

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

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#13 posted 04-05-2008 05:17 PM


-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#14 posted 04-05-2008 05:18 PM

Thanks to everyone for their compliments. I’ve been at this so long that I’m bound to get on base once in a while.

Mike, keep an eye out for my blog to get started. I also want to do a few videos that I’ll be able to post. I’m still trying to figure out exactly how this place works, so keep an eye out for my forum posts. I plan on adding some small tutorials on different subjects. Right now, I’m spending most of my time here looking at others’ work and reading through posts trying to pick up things I know very little about (which, for those that know me, is quite a bit).

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#15 posted 04-05-2008 05:28 PM

I love you work It is my favorite style of furniture. My daughter lives in Lititz Not to far from Philly

-- Billp

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