Last year, my MIL had a chestnut tree growing in her yard cut down.
The tree was planted when SWMBO was a kid, shaded a corner of the yard
while she and her sisters were growing up and held a rope swing used
by MIL's grandkids. So it had a lot of "sentimental value."
I managed to salvage a couple of pieces of limb, sliced them on the BS
and have had them stickered and drying since last fall. My plan is to
make some boxes for MIL, SWMBO and her sisters as Xmas gifts.
I've never worked with chestnut and don't know anything about it. Can
anybody give me any advice? Anything special about this wood that I
should know before I try to work it?
What about finishing? I ran one piece through the jointer today and
it looks very pale with little grain figure. I wiped on some garnet
shellac and it brought out some grain but also seems a bit blotchy.
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