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  1. Projects Vintage Cedar Chest

    I'm working on refinishing an old cedar chest that was damaged and very dirty. It had some copper plate hardware on it, and I can't seem to find the right search terms to find replacement plates. Where can I find these? I might be able to reuse them, but some of the tacks broke during removal...
  2. Wedding Chest

    On the truck for delivery. My wife wanted a wedding gift for her best friend. The walnut is from a Gettysburg witness tree, birdseye maple, purple heart and cedar was locally bought. Topped off with 10 coats of finish. Fun project!
  3. Cedar chest

    My wife has been wanting me to make her a cedar chest for sometime. I made the sides out of oak with a cherry top and cherry feet. 46" L 20"W 24"H
  4. Cedar chest

    This is a cedar chest I built last spring for my future sister-in-law. She wanted something to put in a screened porch for looks and to store a few small gardening tools, workboots, and whatever. It's very basic construction. A plywood box with a frame built around it. No fancy joinery, a...
  5. Cedar Chest

    I found an old cedar chest that was sitting in my great, great grandfather's garage when we were cleaning his house after he passed away. From what history my family knew of it, it was at least 100 years old, and may have come across the ocean when some of the family migrated from over seas. It...
  6. Lane cedar chest gets a new (3rd?) life!

    A Lane cedar chest built in 1954, originally in oak veneer, was painted by my client some 20 or 25 years ago in a red over green crackle paint that was in fashion at the time. He recently asked what,if anything, I could do to the chest that might save it, as it was originally his mothers. The...
  7. From rough sawn to showroom ready

    I haven't posted anything in a while. This is a cedar chest I recently finished. Port Orford cedar for the case and lid with rosewood panels for the sides.
  8. First ever furniture refinishing project

    I had this side table and cedar chest I inherited from my grandparents. They are about 60 or so years old. They were painted a hideous blue with gold trim. Unfortunately I don't have a before picture of the table, but it was the same color as the cedar chest. I stripped both down to the...
  9. Childhood Cedar Chest

    This cedar chest came to me by way of my father's old friend. He'd owned since he was a child, and now he wanted it to look "new"er. The repairs done here include: - replacing the original chewed up wood around the edge of the lid, staining to match and reattaching with original nails - filling...
  10. Lane cedar chest refurb

    I wish I had a before picture…looked like it was right out of country furnishing store from the 80's. Donated by a neighbor that thought I could make it usable again. The cedar interior was in great shape but the rest was a disaster. Fully new exterior, new legs, cabinet paint on top, and kid...
  11. Cedar Chest

    After my last chest build I was quickly asked by another friend to make a couple of small chest for her boys. These chests were made from Eastern Red Cedar boards that I glued up into panels. Approximately the dimensions of the boxes are 24" long X 12" wide X 14" tall. The comers of the boxes...
  12. Blanket/Cedar chest

    My son got married in October and he and the new DIL requested a blanket/cedar chest as a wedding gift. I got the project started in December and finished in February. Wasn't rushing to get it done and was surprised it took about 85 hours to finish. Seems like a lot more work that two 40 hour...
  13. Cedar lined chest of Cherry & Bird's Eye Maple

    I finished this one a couple years ago. It may seem like this is a long time to get the project posted, but it took me 4 1/2 years to complete the build. So at least my pace is consistent :) Here are the build pics. I had just enough cherry for this project. Took a bit of time to lay out all...
  14. Pecan Hope Chest

    Well here is the last installment of my trilogy to the Pecan Box Joint Cases… I think I have it out of my system now… But we'll just have to give it time to be sure! This is the last of my Pecan from my pile so now I am off to find something new. This wood lent itself so well to the box joint...
  15. Cedar Chest

    This is my first "nice" project. Well, nice to me anyways. :) I bought some used tools off craigslist and converted half my garage into a workshop. After building a quick workbench, I got started on this. First, I bought some rough sawed cedar and walnut from a local person off his land...
  16. Walnut Blanket Chest

    This was a wedding gift for my brother and new sister-in-law. It is made from local black walnut. Finish: - 2 coats BLO - 8 coats 1lb cut Shellac - 2 coats Renwax Prop hinge, main piano hinge and cedar lining were purchased from Rockler. Sorry the pictures are kind of washed out.
  17. Cedar Chest for the vacation home

    Leftover western cedar toungue and groove boards from a huge porch ceiling laying around and a 70° day in mid December. Figured cant waste a gorgeous day n rather than storing lumber in basement I'd kill some time. All mitred corners n 18 ga nails sanded out to 220 plus softed edges/corners. 2...
  18. Cedar Chest Dovetailed With a special twist on the lid.

    I made this last summer for my son's new apartment. He needed storage and a coffee table. So I had some cedar. The lid has a routed groove underneath to prevent spills from winding up going into the cabinet. It's just a groove. The joints are hand dovetailed , big honkers. I added maple bread...
  19. Father / Daughter Christmas Project

    It was decided this year that the grandparents, the kids, and grand kids were to all make one homemade gift and not know who was going to open it. My oldest daughter told me what she wanted to make and drew a sketch and said she definitely wanted a metal frame. Fine with me because metal work is...
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