Original post, with before/after photos: http://budgiebin.tumblr.com/post/71308013491/budgiebin-before-and-after-the-cedar-chest
This is my gift to my mother in law for her miraculous recovery from alcoholism, which began 3 days before Christmas 4 years ago. She has helped and given me so much in that time, and I have never been able to reciprocate. This chest, which she damaged the night she was arrested, will always bear the scar, but it is new again and back with its rightful owner.
While the past can never be forgotten, it can always be improved upon.
This project offered her some closure, and also serves as a reminder of why I got into woodworking in the first place - to bring old craftsmanship new life. With some maintenance, the finish will only get better from here.
(finish: rubbed linseed oil)