Mom's cedar chest

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Project by elkhunter posted 07-13-2008 08:07 AM 1482 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this chest with raised panels, a tonge and grove bottom, flat panel top, and locking drawer joint at the corners. This is my first attempt at raised panels and isn’t as good as I would like, but Mom dosn’t care. Finish was clear minwax. Learned a lot for the next one! I realy like the color of the cedar with clear finish. Kind of crude but was ment as a proto type. I’ve wanted to build a cedar chest for a while, and thought I would get it out of my sytem, but now can’t wait ot start the next one! Was very lucky to have found a lot of this western red cedar very inexpensive. Left the inside unfinished for insect control.

-- John of Idaho

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#1 posted 07-13-2008 12:30 PM

Very nice looking cedar chest. You did mom proud. Thank you for sharing.

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 07-13-2008 12:48 PM

Very nice, & I like the finish.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 07-13-2008 01:20 PM

Great job John. The panels look fine to me.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#4 posted 07-13-2008 02:41 PM

ELK, Awesome looking Prototype. Mom is gonna be very happy.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#5 posted 07-13-2008 02:58 PM

Good looking cedar chest!

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

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#6 posted 07-13-2008 03:03 PM

I like the raised panels for the sides. What’s not to like about them?

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

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#7 posted 07-13-2008 06:54 PM

Hi John;

Nice work here.

We all are our own worst critics. This is okay since it leads to raising the bar for yourself.

I would be more concerned about being 100% happy with one of my projects.

I’m sure your mom loves it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 07-13-2008 07:57 PM

That’s a great looking chest. I must agree with your opinion of cedar, it’s a beautiful wood when you use a clear finish. Just striking.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 07-13-2008 09:48 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 07-14-2008 01:54 AM

Great looking cedar chest, very good build .

Cedar is one of my favorite woods

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

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