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    Lorilei's Toy Box

    My Grand-Niece's birthday is coming up, so I decided to make her a toy box

    It's from Pennsylvania and Ohio walnut (no Michigan chocolate used here ), and is 25" high, 35" wide, and 18" deep. The finish is garnet shellac on the inside, and several coats of Watco Natural on the outside. I put several coats of BriWax Natural (Clear) on the outside, too.

    The bottom is aromatic cedar, in case she wants to use it as a 'hope chest' in future years. There's no finish on the cedar, so that it'll emit the charactistic odors.

    The top of the box is one wide board. More on that in the next chapter.
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    The top of the chest is one wide board, and it has quite a story behind it.

    The board started out in a piece of furniture made in the Philadelphia, PA area, somewhere in the mid-nineteenth century. That piece of furniture came to California on a train in 1872, when the owners moved across the country. That was 140 years ago!

    Somewhere around 1997, one of my neighbors was tearing the old sideboard apart for the trash, and I was able to salvage the top from it. That's when Dietrich told me the story behind it. It had belonged to his great, great...great grandmother, and it was she who brought it with her from Philidelphia. He was dumping it because it had gotten damaged and he didn't think it was worth repairing (!)...

    Anyway, I took the piece home, and seven years later, brought it back to Ohio with me when I moved - sot it's been cross-country twice, and is now only a few hundred miles from where it started.

    I had to flatten it a bit, and remove some sawmill marks from the underside. It ended up about 5/4 thick

    I put breadboard ends on it, and finished the underside with garnet shellac and the top surface with several coats of Watco Natural and wax. Now it's the top of a toy box/hope chest that will (hopefully) last another 140 years.
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    Nice.

    Such a great story too.
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    Well done Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammad Madha View Post
    Nice.

    Such a great story too.
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    super nice save on the recycle...
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    Nice. Good salvage, that's an impressive piece of wood on top.

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    Beautiful box and a real interesting story on the top.. I wonder how many bf of beautiful old historic wood ends up at dump every year ?
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    Great job on the toy box Jim! Really beautiful and should hold up well.
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