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    A little eye candy

    In the interest of getting our attentions back to woodworking, I present the following:

    No, we didn't build this. This solid cedar chest was built some time in the 1930s by David's Uncle George (after whom he was named). Uncle George built this in his high school woodshop class in Duluth, as a gift for David's mother as a wedding gift (she married in 1938). David's sister took it after Mom died, and we recently acquired it during our trip to Muskogee, brought it home, and David removed all of the 4-5 coats of hand-applied shellac which had checked and deteriorated over the years (aside from being incredibly filthy), then he applied about four coats of sprayed lacquer.

    The chest is built of solid cedar, has brass angle irons at the corners, the lines on the front and top are inlays of some unknown wood (probably white pine), and he hand-chiseled the place for the lock plate. It is absolutely beautiful, a family heirloom, and will be passed down to my granddaughter one of these days.

    Just thought you'd like to see this work of art that is now in my bedroom. (Funny bright lines are sun shining across it and the floor. Color difference is from flash and non-flash.)

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    Nancy Laird
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    Real nice Nancy David did a great job with the refinish I am sure you are very please to have a family piece like that, Shoot it is almost 80 years old still in superb condition. Thanks for sharing

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    Wow Nancy, what a treasure!

    VERY nice, my maternal grand father made a lot of similar chests, also out of cedar, he called them "Hope Chests" and each grand daughter got one, and the idea being that she would fill it with stuff to set up a home when she one day got married.

    That is a very nice piece of work, and Kudos to David for bringing it back to it's former glory

    Cheers!
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    That is spectacular.

    Woodworking - yeah - yeah - I like it.

    Pretty wood.

    WOW - what a nice job on the refinishing.

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    That is a beautiful chest Nancy. David did a great job of restoring it. The brass really adds some character to it.
    Darren

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    i love it, very nice piece. the inlay is a nice touch.

    great job on the refinish dave

    thanks for sharing

    chris

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    That is a really nice piece. It is incredible what can be done when you know how to refinish. I need to learn how.
    Rich (the Yooper)

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    That is very beautiful and a true heirloom. Do you have any before pics? The after is stunning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex Bloem View Post
    That is very beautiful and a true heirloom. Do you have any before pics? The after is stunning.
    Wish I had thought to take some before pictures. The difference is like night and day - the cedar was almost black.

    Just another little brag - we still have the key to the chest!!
    Nancy Laird
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