Amish Cedar Chests and What They Hold (part 2)
Rather than using nails or screws to hold an Amish cedar chest together, a traditional dovetail joint or other joining technique is used to fit the wood pieces together into a sturdy piece of furniture. These comb-like cuts will fit together perfecting when glued and clamped together properly. You might think that this sounds less sturdy than attaching pieces with nails and screws, but it is actually sturdier than modern methods and will prevent the chest from becoming wobbly or loose over the years. The only manufactured pieces you might find on an Amish cedar chest are the hinges that allow the top to open up and the locking mechanism that holds the top in place without having to prop it up with something.
Once the Amish cedar chest is complete, it will either be sold unfinished or stained. These cedar chests are not only well made, but they can also be beautiful works of art. Some Amish woodworkers who are skilled carvers might add ornate decorative accents to their cedar chests, while still remaining well within the confines of what is considered flamboyant by traditional Amish standards. Shapes inspired by nature, such as leaves, trees, or flowers might adorn a cedar chest.
Owning one of these Amish made cedar chests is truly something you will cherish your entire life. You might also want to purchase a beautiful handmade Amish quilt to store inside your Amish cedar chest for your own daughter or granddaughter. The combination of the two crafts will add a bit of tradition to your family and home that can be passed down from generation to generation, just as the Amish do themselves.
Amish Cedar Chests and What They Hold (part 1)