CROTCH-WALNUT TOOL CHEST
A new life for some incredible 50-year-old lumber.
SHOP OWNER: Randy Stukenberg
LOCATION: Byron, IL
Here are a few shots of a tool chest I made a couple of years ago.
A farmer friend called me one day and asked if I would be willing to make something out of some lumber that had been drying above his garage for 50 years. I said sure.
The lumber turned out to be some beautiful walnut in several thicknesses and grades. It had been sawn on a water-powered sawmill during World War II by his grandfather and stored in the garage since then. He dropped it off one day and said he wanted a tool chest made for his father. These pictures show the result.
I adapted the design from a plan in issue #85 of Woodsmith magazine. I resawed and bookmatched a piece of crotch for the top. The inside shot shows the figure best. I finished it with three coats of Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil.
My friend also asked me to make a jewelry box for his wife out of the same wood, with features similar to the tool chest. I obliged, and he liked them so well that he asked me to make another set, if there was enough lumber. There was, plus enough for four other keepsake boxes.
. . . Randy Stukenberg
Walnut Creek Custom Woodworking
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