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About the Cedar Chests
- At our Timber
sawmill, logs are first selected for size, quality, and maximum heartwood. After
sawing, the boards are stick-stacked in a well-ventilated shelter and
seasoned for at least three years. This ensures stability to the wood,
essential in making a reliably durable chest.
- Select boards are
then planed, cut to length, and matched for the panels that comprise the
front, back, and ends. All edge joints are double tongue-and-grooved using
the best quality carpenter's glue. The panels are then mitered at the
corners, glued, and secured with cedar dovetail keys that form a permanent
bond without the use of nails. Finally, when the chest is fully assembled,
the top is cut off, thereby making a perfect fit with uniform appearance
- All hardware is
solid brass and the finish is total lacquer. A small sliding tray fits in
the top level of the chest to accommodate quick access to special stored
- Our chests have a
unique quality compared to the highly glossed and decorated factory-made or
imported ones. These are often made with thin veneers on particleboard, with
the thinnest of cedar lining, or even worse, cedar particleboard. Our chests
are solid cedar, predominantly red heartwood, at least 3/4" thick.
- We are aware that
our chests are often purchased as anniversary gifts for loved ones to be
appreciated for years to come and we handcraft them accordingly.
- No particle board
- No veneers
- No cheap
- Just plain natural
materials and intensive hand skilled labor !