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I know someone will curse me for what I've done to cca 100 years old chest which belong to my grand/grand parents, but it stood last 40 years in some dark shed without any use and purpose due it large size (120×65x85cm).
I wanted to give it new life and purpose in modern interior decoration, so I dismanteled old chest completely, downsized all boards (lenght and width) and put them thru tickness planner. Now it's cca 80×40x60 cm. I recreated all edges, joinery and other markings to keep it's original look and to give tribute to old craftmanship - old chest was handmade, my work is all ''electric''.
I renew the lock also. There is no nails and screws - except at lock fixing - only oak boards, dovels and glue.
Finish is three layers of wood oil. I will proudly keep it in my living room and keep some clothing inside or whatever.
For the first time in my projects I burned my name and the year on the outside bottom, also stated that it's made from 100 years old chest - just for future generations to know.

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Good job, Ivan. Personally, I would refinished the original chest, but your makeover looks great!
 

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That's a good looking box, good for another 100 years at least.
 

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Beautiful work. My wife likes it also.

I have modified many antiques over the years. The bottom line is, It has to work for you. To me it is better the way it is now, useful and loved, than wasting away in a shed.
 

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Good llking chest, Ivan! You gave it new life and it is beautiful!!
 

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Nice Ivan, that's a great re-purpose! I also like what looks to be quarter sawn oak. Just curious on the process of taking it apart? I take it was mechanical fasteners and no glue?
 

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Great looking chest. Nice to see another cultures unique design elements.

The lock set is especially cool. Hard to find that type of wrought iron hardware in the states.
 

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Very nice design. Looks great!
 

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That's the way to keep the heritage around. Very nice job.
 

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you did what i would do ivan bring it back to life,it served np purpose rotting in some shed unseen all those years.you did a great job maintaining its integrity so it can be used another 100 years,very nice job.
 

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Great project, Ivan and a nice addition to your home.
 

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VERY beautiful Ivan …..and I would NEVER cuz at you ….you took an unseen piece of [email protected] ….and turned it into a wonderful heirloom …GREAT JOB :<))
 

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Ivan that looks great. Thanks for the great photos showing all the joinery details. I'd like to use some of them in the future. Great job bringing it back to life and use.
 

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Awesome. Nice design, nice colour, and excelent job. Handtools and more is a great idea for that antique. Congratularion for all. Wich lumber is?
 

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keep up the awesome work!
 

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What a save!

Any fate had to be better that rotting in some dark corner. The restore looks fantastic. Some very neat details in the styling of that old chest.
 

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Handsome chest
 

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Great idea

Great work

Great Project

Someone should be grateful
 

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For the first time in my projects I burned my name and the year on the outside bottom, also stated that it s made from 100 years old chest - just for future generations to know.

- majuvla
It's wonderful to have such a treasure to refinish and bring back into your life. You just added to it's history for other generations to enjoy.
I like how you added " For the first time in my projects I burned my name and the year on the outside bottom, also stated that it s made from 100 years old chest - just for future generations to know. "
Would it be too much trouble to post a picture of the bottom with your signature.
Nice job all around!
 

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I think you did a fine job, bringing it back to life.
As it is a family chest, I think you can what ever you want.
Now it can go on in the family and the story will be even better.
Best thoughts,
Mads
 
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