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Old 07-21-2016, 03:52 PM   #1
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Started building my wife a cedar chest for our anniversary today. I didn't get it finished in time but I let her look at it and she loves it so far.
This served two purposes, 1. Give her a gift and 2. let me brush up on some needed skills.

The build is 44" long by 24" wide by 34" tall. The cedar for this was from trees that I cut and brought to the mill. The frame is Red oak that I bought. I really wanted to make it completely out of cedar but by the time I finished running all the boards through the planner the cedar was only 1/2" thick and I was concerned it wouldn't be sturdy enough to stand the test of time.

The cedar is all tongue and grooved, all but the middle rails on the oak frame is mortis and tennen jointed, I then put the 4 sides together with a bisquit joint.
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Old 07-21-2016, 03:55 PM   #2
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That's gonna be Purdy! Great work by the way!
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Old 07-22-2016, 08:55 AM   #3
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Looking good! It looks like you have all the technical stuff down. Keep us posted on how it turns out.
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Old 07-22-2016, 09:09 AM   #4
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love the grain in the Cedar. do you know what you're going to finish it with?
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:33 AM   #5
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love the grain in the Cedar. do you know what you're going to finish it with?
I wanted to use a teak oil on the outside of the cedar but don't want it to collect dust. So I'm going to stain the oak and use a low luster poly on the outside of the cedar and leave the inside untreated so it allows the cedar smell to come through.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:50 AM   #6
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I wanted to use a teak oil on the outside of the cedar but don't want it to collect dust. So I'm going to stain the oak and use a low luster poly on the outside of the cedar and leave the inside untreated so it allows the cedar smell to come through.
Just a thought, but you might try picking up some food grade cutting board oil and sample that on a piece of scrap to see if that gets you what you are looking for. Should soak into the wood and give it some protection without leaving a film. We use it on the cutting boards we make and it darkens the wood up some and makes it look nice without giving it a sheen.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:52 AM   #7
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Thanks nailhead, ill give it a try
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Looks good. Good looking shop too.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:10 AM   #9
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Here is a couple examples for reference. Before and after they are oiled. The one with them all on the table they are still a little "wet" but they are pretty much dry to the touch. Once you let it dry for a few hours you can wipe over it with a rag to take off any excess that didn't soak in.
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Looks good. Good looking shop too.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:46 AM   #11
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Here is a couple examples for reference. Before and after they are oiled. The one with them all on the table they are still a little "wet" but they are pretty much dry to the touch. Once you let it dry for a few hours you can wipe over it with a rag to take off any excess that didn't soak in.
Awesome work on those cutting boards.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:35 PM   #12
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Good looking cedar chest, the wife ought to be real happy with that. Cant wait to see the finished product.
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:52 PM   #13
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Not a lot of progress this weekend , friggin heat wave is about to kill me out in the barn, 118 degrees inside the barn today.
Got everything sanded on the frame. Cut and glued the panel that got destroyed and started putting the lid together.
I also cut the legs down to my liking. Just put the first coat of stain on and letting it dry
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Old 07-24-2016, 09:05 PM   #14
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Looks real good!
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Old 07-24-2016, 09:52 PM   #15
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Frame looks awesome!
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:21 PM   #16
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Went back after it cooled down and put the lid panel in the frame. Couldn't stain the frame first because I have to sand the glue lines any way.
I didn't get a pic yet but I did make the relief on the panel to raise it but it still came out flush, still looks pretty good though
Will get done this week as the heat is supposed to drop down into the lower 90s instead of triple digits
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:23 PM   #17
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Frame looks awesome!
Thanks brother, this has turned out to be a lot more meticulous than I originally planned, note to self
I need to make another work/ glue up table. One isn't enough
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:32 PM   #18
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Where can I get a cutting board like that? Very nice
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Old 07-26-2016, 07:41 AM   #19
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That thing is looking great.....
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:39 AM   #20
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Started building my wife a cedar chest for our anniversary today. I didn't get it finished in time but I let her look at it and she loves it so far.
This served two purposes, 1. Give her a gift and 2. let me brush up on some needed skills.

The build is 44" long by 24" wide by 34" tall. The cedar for this was from trees that I cut and brought to the mill. The frame is Red oak that I bought. I really wanted to make it completely out of cedar but by the time I finished running all the boards through the planner the cedar was only 1/2" thick and I was concerned it wouldn't be sturdy enough to stand the test of time.

The cedar is all tongue and grooved, all but the middle rails on the oak frame is mortis and tennen jointed, I then put the 4 sides together with a bisquit joint.
That is going to be one of the nicest cedar chests of all time.
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:54 PM   #21
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Got the lid to the cedar chest sanded down and the first side of the oak stained.
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:54 PM   #22
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That is going to be one of the nicest cedar chests of all time.
Thanks brother
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Old 07-26-2016, 07:06 PM   #23
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Awesome build
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Old 07-26-2016, 07:16 PM   #24
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Nice! Looks great! You put poly on the oak? It looks glossy.
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Old 07-26-2016, 07:57 PM   #25
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Nice! Looks great! You put poly on the oak? It looks glossy.
No the stain was still wet.
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:00 PM   #26
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You sir do some fine work!
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:01 PM   #27
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Looks great so far.
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:23 PM   #28
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Getting close
Got a little touch up on some stain where the painters tape reacted with it and finish the sliding tray on the inside that she wanted but I'm pretty pleased with it.Name:  image.jpg
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:25 PM   #29
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:26 PM   #30
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All in all I'm happy with it and learned a ton
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Old 08-01-2016, 07:03 PM   #31
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Very nice! Looks great. What did you decide on using to treat the outside with?
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Old 08-01-2016, 08:08 PM   #32
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Very nice! Looks great. What did you decide on using to treat the outside with?
I used Polly on the cedar, I tried the cutting board oil on some test pieces and my dogs fell in love with them, figured it would be bad idea to oil the cedar on the chest.
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Old 08-01-2016, 08:57 PM   #33
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You did an awsome job! Looks great!
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:02 PM   #34
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Looks really good!
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:32 PM   #35
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Thanks guys it was a good experience. Going to build one for my D.I.L next
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:42 PM   #36
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Wow! Nice work sir!
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:44 PM   #37
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Wow, looks awesome. Great work.
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:26 AM   #38
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I used Polly on the cedar, I tried the cutting board oil on some test pieces and my dogs fell in love with them, figured it would be bad idea to oil the cedar on the chest.
Hahaha. Probably a good call. It turned out awesome! Something to be proud of for sure.
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:28 AM   #39
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:01 AM   #40
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that's a beautiful piece!
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:48 AM   #41
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I showed my wife a pic of this. Now I have been tasked to try and make one.

I haven't done woodwork like this since high school. Oh boy
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Old 08-21-2016, 12:08 PM   #42
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That looks really nice! You did a great job on it
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Old 08-21-2016, 01:31 PM   #43
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Very nice. You have skills.
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Old 08-21-2016, 01:57 PM   #44
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Beautiful chest. Love the cutting boards too.
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Old 08-28-2016, 01:06 PM   #45
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Here is a couple examples for reference. Before and after they are oiled. The one with them all on the table they are still a little "wet" but they are pretty much dry to the touch. Once you let it dry for a few hours you can wipe over it with a rag to take off any excess that didn't soak in.


How about a DIY tutorial on how to make those cutting boards Nailhead?


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Old 08-28-2016, 03:27 PM   #46
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How about a DIY tutorial on how to make those cutting boards Nailhead?


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Hahaha. Maybe I will think about it when we get back in the shop to make some more. We sell them so don't want to give away all the secrets. Lol. Although truthfully there is nothing very secret about how they go together. Its just a lot of work. Especially if you only make one. Really have to make 5-10 at a time for all the setups to be worth it.
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Awesome work!
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Old 02-23-2017, 08:08 AM   #48
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That is a beautiful chest. You have a lot of talent.
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:26 PM   #49
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Awesome job!!!
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Old 03-12-2017, 09:40 PM   #50
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I have just started looking into doing a little woodwork myself. i have found to get started up the tools are a huge expense and it's something I will have to build up slowly. Do you guys have any tips on some good tools to start off with so I can get going?
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