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Happy 75th Birthday Dad! Cherry frame, birdseye maple panels and top, aromatic cedar bottom, sanded to 15000 grit, finished in 3 coats of tung oil. Feels smooth as silk. Inside tray is cherry with leather lining. Solid brass stop hinges hold top open at 95 degrees. All raised panels cut in sequence from a single board so grain appear to wrap around box, inside and out. Inlay is gaboon ebony and is the Chinese character for my family name.

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Love the chest - what character and style it has. Your father will be happy and very proud. Nice work on the inlay and finger joints.
 

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Nice!! Excellent grain placement, and sanding to 15,000 WOW.. I usually stop at 1000 for cherry. I have two questions…

I work in black cherry all the time I have noticed that if I sand down to 1000 that I no longer have to deal with splotching or at least it gets almost unnoticeable and then I use a natural Danish Oil to get a deep luminescence. Most people seem obsessed with using shellac to even out the finish, but I also notice they stop sanding about 320 and the color and finish looks really unnatural. Personally, I scrape and then sand until I see a creaminess to the color and figure… and if I get a dark area, I just work it into the design, but then I pre-finish a lot of times.

So how does the 15000 surface and tung oil fare for you on splotching? I can almost see three darker areas on the uprights, but I always thought the tung oil would be too orange for cherry and worried about darkening the grain change. AND … did you use a UV protection? It was suggested to me once for my condo, but I like sun darkening and the cool patterns that can come with it. The chest looks great!!! Nice inlay!
 

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I think I sanded the wood itself to 600. I applied each coat of tung oil, let it cure, sanded in between coats with 600, applied the final coat, let it cure then worked my way through the grits to 15000. The darker spots on the uprights don't appear in real life, just in the pictures. Never thought to use UV protection.
 

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I'd like to see more angles. I love everything about it. Is that your plan? If not, please tell me where I can find it.

Thanks for posting!
Richard
 

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Very nice. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom
 

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Looks very nice: you chose some real good wood to use. What are the final dimensions? I think tongue oil is an under-used finish. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thanks for all the compliments!

Rajkalex, the chest is a smaller version of a blanket chest plan I saw in Fine Woodworking #203. No angled joinery, floating mortise and tenons.

Bigike, I googled my last name and found an electronic rendering of the Chinese character. I printed out the character to the size I wanted, cut out each piece and glued it to the ebony inlay material and cut it out with a bandsaw, smooth edges with sandpaper.

No final dimensions on the project, it's with my dad in South Carolina and I can;t measure it. I recall it was about 24" wide, 18" tall, 12" deep.
 

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What a beautiful box. That is a family heirloom for sure. Nice work!
 
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