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That is one awsome looking chest! Great execution.

That wood combination looks perfect.
 

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beautiful work and exceptional grain sellection.

welcome to lumberjocks
 

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Hi Bill,

I have often said that maple and cherry were my favorite wood combination. You did very well both in the wood selection and in the construction of the piece as well. The spalted maple is gorgeous. You should be proud of this piece it is excellent.

I am glad to see that you are sharing your talents as well with your two daughter's-in-law. But I guess that you knew you couldn't just build one when you started this.

Thanks for the post.
 

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Those are really spectacular. I've never seen the spalted maple used in that large of a panel - but I really do like it. Good job - bet you are know the "favorite father-in-law".
 

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Wow, that is gorgeous! That spalted maple is amazing. How did you find such wide panels of the spalted maple? It must have cost a fortune. Really nice woods and design. And that cat carving is amazing too! Looks just like a real cat.
 

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO is that nice. The spalted maple makes this look spectacular. Be sure to sign this one. Its going to be priceless.
 

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That chest is absolutely gorgeous. One of the nicest pieces I've seen here. I have some maple and cherry projects ahead of me for sure. Thanks for the inspiration!
 

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Nice Chest you made there. Got a small hunk of spalted maple myself….......nothing that would do that large of a project. But I can't wait to find a project for it.

BTW….......where in Michigan are you? Kalamazoo here!
 

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What a great chest… There is a nice balance of spalted to non-spalted wood. It looks fantastic.
 

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hey Blake,actually the maple and cherry was a find my son found for me.Boarde were 12 inches wide and 8to10 foot long.Igot 20 maple and 20 cherry for a dollar a board.the guy was going to auction them off but was glad to get rid of them in a hurry.had enough good spalted for 2 chests
 

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Bill,
It's gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. One of the nicest looking chests I've seen.
 

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Hi Bill;

Welcome to lumberjocks.

That is a great looking piece of work, with terrific choices in the materials.

Looks fantastic.

Lee
 

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That is really superb. I love that spalted wood look.
 

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Bill,

This chest is a true inspiration, your choice of material is exceptional and the 4 panel design is in perfect proportion. It inspires me to rot some of my own maple and try something similar. The cherry and maple look amazing together.

Thanks you for sharing such an inspirational piece.

Derek
 

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Obviously I missed this when you posted it. But I love the panels. Talk about character. Wow.
 

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That is some beautiful maple. Nice chest also.
 

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Very nice - I'd love to make something similar… do you have a close-up of how you did the joinery for the corners?
 
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