Black Bear Chest

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Project by Jpawmark posted 11-22-2012 05:59 AM 1266 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had made smaller chests recently, so when i was asked to make a larger one i felt a new challenge calling to me to learn more of how much i was capable of.
It was to be a birthday gift for a fellow who hunts at any free moment he has, so i thought a bear suitable decoration. Stained with red oak and 3-4 coats of polyurethane. i took oak tree branches and sticks to act as trees for the bear carving and a good sized branch as a handle.. i airbrushed the bear black and sealed it with poly. Its about 2 feet wide and 2 feet tall and ~18 inches deep and weighed more than i expected. I wish I had taken more pictures of progress, but i hadn’t thought i would be posting them anywhere.

I’m told that it was an excited hunter when he seen the chest. I’m happy yet sad because i discovered it would be used to store old hides and extra ammo. haha

hoping that i get to make more of these, but i haven’t gotten past mitered joints and minor rabbet joints for this kind of thing yet. dovetails and finger joints are a bit intimidating on these larger items for my skill level. i did however get some requests for just the framed nature scene to hang on a wall ^_^

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#1 posted 11-22-2012 06:07 AM

Really unique .

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#2 posted 11-22-2012 08:52 AM

Very creative work on a practical, useful piece. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 11-22-2012 11:50 AM

Very cool. Love the nature scene. Made it personal. Improves the project quality when it’s personal and unique.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-22-2012 01:03 PM

Neat design. You could make about any animal work too.

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#5 posted 11-22-2012 01:11 PM

I like it, good idea

-- GaryW, Edgefield SC, Too old to start over, can't remember why...

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#6 posted 11-22-2012 01:14 PM

Very unique—really like your bear motiff.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 11-23-2012 03:00 AM

Very Nice Indeed!! Thanks for Posting!


-- Richard (Aurora, Ontario, CANADA)

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