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.)
Front showing inlays:
Top showing inlays: