The Newton Chest

Newton Chest front bw

I am pleased to share some images of this memorial-hope chest built for a kind family up North.   They drove a long road to pick it up this weekend and meet my family and myself.  and found the road back with a little less leg room I am afraid.  I have sought that my work might be graced to carry God’s blessing for those who are receiving it.  I certainly hope this one does.  It is a dovetailed chest with drawers featuring an inlaid tree design and an unorthodox lid.   The woods were all harvested and milled here in Kansas: black walnut and green ash, with quarter sawn white oak, eastern red cedar, ebonized black walnut, bald cypress and poplar (not from KS).

Milling Lumber

We milled a large quantity of black walnut, red cedar, and green ash with a neighbor and his band-saw mill earlier this summer.  Below are a few photos of our operation.

Some of the logs piled in the field.

Slabbing off a decent quality and sized black walnut log…

some of the boards 25″ wide…

some lead slugs from deep in one of the 100 plus year old red-cedars…

the slugs, still in the tree…

A hay loft full of lumber, almost everything was plain-sawn into boards and slabs from 4/4 up to a few 6″ slabs, all with natural edges remaining.