Whoa! You can't favorite your own shop.

Whoa! You can't buy your own item.

Whoa! You can't favorite your own item.

Whoa! You can't add your own item to a list.

Add this item to a treasury!

Close
You don't have any treasuries yet. Enter a title below to create one.
Close

This item has been added.

View your treasury.

Antique Reclaimed Heart Pine Mini Chest/Desk Box, Made in Alaska, Ser.#SB2016-0813

Like this item?

Add it to your favorites to revisit it later.

Sale details

Sale ends 2/28/2018.

Description

This is a handmade miniature desk chest built from antique Heart Pine that was reclaimed from the Sears Catalog building in Chicago, Illinois. The wood itself was harvested from the Bogalusa area of Louisiana sometime in the very late 19th Century or early 20th Century.

The Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog building was a major fixture in American history, serving customers, from rural to urban, around the USA and the world from 1906 until its decommission in 1995 and its subsequent demolition the following year. My father acquired the last of the useable lumber in late 1990s from the Sears Catalog building reclamation project from The Joinery Co. (now defunct), and I have been granted the opportunity to use it to make very special projects. Also known as Longleaf Yellow Pine, this wood has developed the deep, subtle patina and color that's richer than most Heart Pine harvested in recent years. Some of this wood has nail holes of various sizes that were put there by the builders of the old Catalog building, and I have made sure to feature and showcase them where I can. And unlike most reclaimed lumber, this material has a known pedigree.

There are a total of eleven boxes with this design, which will be the final ones. Construction from this group utilizes square pins. These aren't square bungs covering over screws, but rather actual, honest-to-goodness square mortises that are cut deep into the box that receive square pins which are sunk about 1-1/2" to 2" deep into the mortise. These make for a very sturdy, robust build, and exhibit a pleasing traditional look. The next series, which I will begin in 2018, will have a different design.

The inside each box has a burgundy velvet pad to ensure whatever is placed inside has a soft surface to rest on. The finish is satin waterborne polyurethane that's been hand polished, then waxed with a carnauba/beeswax blend for a very organic luster. The wood itself has almost a sparkling quality when seen by the eye.

Each and every one of these boxes is unique and different from the next. The wood and its characteristics are always in charge of that. This one has some interesting yet subtle color variegations, and lots of flat-sawn "ripples in the lake" grain movement. It has three knots shared with its lid and both endbells, plus the end of an original nail hole that's at center-front of the lid. The knot on the lid is on the back edge, far left. The left endbell's knot is also at an extreme left/back orientation, and has a very eliptical shape. The right endbell's knot is more center-right and is circular.

Like all of these boxes, on the inside of the lid is a laser engraved inscription, with a short history of the wood's origins and the building it came from, a stylized drawing of the Catalog building, as well as our family's bench mark. The laser work was done before we altered the bench mark, so it only has my father's name. Although one of the photos shows the lid upright, it actually swings all the way open and freely pivots - it is not a friction hinge. It was balanced at 90° to show the character of the grain under the lid as well as the laser engraving mentioned before in detail.

Each box includes a signed Certificate of Authenticity and Maintenance & Restoration statement, both on 32lb. cotton archival-grade paper. The box itself is also hand numbered and initialed by me.

Approximate exterior dimensions: 12-3/4"l x 5-5/8"d x 3"h.
Approximate interior dimensions: 9-1/2"l x 4-1/8"d x 1-1/2"h
Shipping dimensions: 15"l x 8"d x 6"h, approx 5lbs.
This is a handmade miniature desk chest built from antique Heart Pine that was reclaimed from the Sears Catalog building in Chicago, Illinois. The wood itself was harvested from the Bogalusa area of Louisiana sometime in the very late 19th Century or early 20th Century.

The Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog building was a major fixture in American history, serving customers, from rural to urban, around the USA and the world from 1906 until its decommission in 1995 and its subsequent demolition the following year. My father acquired the last of the useable lumber in late 1990s from the Sears Catalog building reclamation project from The Joinery Co. (now defunct), and I have been granted the opportunity to use it to make very special projects. Also known as Longleaf Yellow Pine, this wood has developed the deep, subtle patina and color that's richer than most Heart Pine harvested in recent years. Some of this wood has nail holes of various sizes that were put there by the builders of the old Catalog building, and I have made sure to feature and showcase them where I can. And unlike most reclaimed lumber, this material has a known pedigree.

There are a total of eleven boxes with this design, which will be the final ones. Construction from this group utilizes square pins. These aren't square bungs covering over screws, but rather actual, honest-to-goodness square mortises that are cut deep into the box that receive square pins which are sunk about 1-1/2" to 2" deep into the mortise. These make for a very sturdy, robust build, and exhibit a pleasing traditional look. The next series, which I will begin in 2018, will have a different design.

The inside each box has a burgundy velvet pad to ensure whatever is placed inside has a soft surface to rest on. The finish is satin waterborne polyurethane that's been hand polished, then waxed with a carnauba/beeswax blend for a very organic luster. The wood itself has almost a sparkling quality when seen by the eye.

Each and every one of these boxes is unique and different from the next. The wood and its characteristics are always in charge of that. This one has some interesting yet subtle color variegations, and lots of flat-sawn "ripples in the lake" grain movement. It has three knots shared with its lid and both endbells, plus the end of an original nail hole that's at center-front of the lid. The knot on the lid is on the back edge, far left. The left endbell's knot is also at an extreme left/back orientation, and has a very eliptical shape. The right endbell's knot is more center-right and is circular.

Like all of these boxes, on the inside of the lid is a laser engraved inscription, with a short history of the wood's origins and the building it came from, a stylized drawing of the Catalog building, as well as our family's bench mark. The laser work was done before we altered the bench mark, so it only has my father's name. Although one of the photos shows the lid upright, it actually swings all the way open and freely pivots - it is not a friction hinge. It was balanced at 90° to show the character of the grain under the lid as well as the laser engraving mentioned before in detail.

Each box includes a signed Certificate of Authenticity and Maintenance & Restoration statement, both on 32lb. cotton archival-grade paper. The box itself is also hand numbered and initialed by me.

Approximate exterior dimensions: 12-3/4"l x 5-5/8"d x 3"h.
Approximate interior dimensions: 9-1/2"l x 4-1/8"d x 1-1/2"h
Shipping dimensions: 15"l x 8"d x 6"h, approx 5lbs.

Payment options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Etsy keeps your payment information secure. Etsy shops never receive your credit card information.

Returns & exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

FAQs

Upon receiving your box or mini chest, please take care handling it, especially if it has a wax finish. WAX FINISHES WILL BE SLICK - please do not drop it. (Your box will have an insert accompanying the box describing its finish.)

With wax finishes it is possible that the wrapping to protect the box during shipment (ie. bubble wrap, etc.) has made the finish non-uniform in its sheen or polish. This is easily remedied by carefully rubbing the box with a clean, non-abrasive cloth in the same direction as the wood grain. This is the same method to remove fingerprints or dust from the surface of the box.

Be sure not to place the box near solvents, moisture, or direct UV light (like sunlight). This can cause damage to the box's finish.
Custom Orders will be possible sometime in 2018, and at such time as they are possible an announcement on the StormFOREST Shop page will be made and a new FAQ entry with information and details will be available.

Antique Reclaimed Heart Pine Mini Chest/Desk Box, Made in Alaska, Ser.#SB2016-0813

Ask a question
$279.96 $349.95

You save $69.99 (20%)

Don't wait. There's only 1 of these available.

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Reclaimed Heart Pine, Antique Heart Pine, Recycled Wood, Antique Wood, Invisible Hinge, Velvet Lined Floor
  • Gift message available

Shipping & returns

Get it fast! Ready to ship in 1–3 business days.
From United States
Shipping upgrades available in the cart
Returns and exchanges accepted
Exceptions may apply. See return policy

You may also like

HEART PINE

HEART PINE

LeopoldineChateau

$15.27

Favorite Favorited  

What’s wrong with this listing?

The first thing you should do is contact the seller directly.

If you’ve already done that, your item hasn’t arrived, or it’s not as described, you can report that to Etsy by opening a case.

Report a problem with an order

We take intellectual property concerns very seriously, but many of these problems can be resolved directly by the parties involved. We suggest contacting the seller directly to respectfully share your concerns.

If you’d like to file an allegation of infringement, you’ll need to follow the process described in our Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy.

Review how we define handmade, vintage and supplies

See a list of prohibited items and materials

Read our mature content policy

The item for sale is…