How to Build a Hickory Chest
This Chest is going to be a Raised Panel Chest with cedar lining. It is made from a Hickory tree that happened to fall on my grandfather's home. So to say the least, getting a hold of this wood was bitter sweet. Here is a look of the chest being dry fit (minus the panels)
It is recommended that you pre finish your panels when doing frame and panel construction. It is much easier to get the finish on now, rather then wait until after they are glued in the frames. Finishing them ahead of time will ensure you wont have any unsightly finish lines showing through and causing an eye sore in the overall finished project as the wood contracts during those times of movement.
This shows how I use a Tung Oil Finish as a wash coat to bring out the hickory's rich colors and detailed grain.
Once the Tung Oil cures for about a week. The top coats of Lacquer will be applied. This Tung Oil / Lacquer Finish will be applied to the entire chest. Which ultimately will result in a smooth hard finish that allows the richness of the woods color as well as the details in the grain to shine through.
Continuing on, The Hickory Chest is taking shape. The only thing left to do, is build and shape the lid, and apply the final finish to all the parts. The end is here. The chest receives it's lid, hardware and final finsh. Building the lid is a pretty straight forward step so in this video, I decided to work to some music rather then you listening to me ramble on. Ha
Thank you for sticking with me through this Project, I will see you on the next build!..
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