Chief meets Chestnut

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands..” 1 Thessalonians 4:11

The Master Carpenter, Dexter, at The Chapel Market

He is a quiet servant but outgoing and loves people.  He focuses on the business God has given him to tend to.  He has hardworking hands, cut up, calloused, strong, yet gentle.  This is Chief, who most of you know as Dexter.  He got the nickname “Chief Thor” at youth camp while leading a construction team consisting of teenage boys.  I guess he liked it because he wants his grand kids to call him Chief!

He is your carpenter at Acres of Hope, the creative mind and gifted hands behind all the treasures we build!  Come join us today as I walk you through the steps he takes transforming an old pile of chestnut that appears to be useless and dead and turns it into a beautiful treasure full of LIFE!


So, we received this pile of chestnut from a couple who live here part time and in North Carolina.  They needed another table for their Montgomery home that did not take up much space.   Their idea was to have a custom table that had drop leaves which could function as a sofa table, and when they have company it could become a farm table for dining.  When I first saw the pile of wood, I have to be honest, I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out.  There you have it, secrets out, I’m not the creative genius behind Acres of Hope 🙂

chestnut10 I learned working with salvaged wood is very time consuming, and there is an art to it.  Old nails must be removed, each board must be cut to size, and then everything must go through the planer.  This sounds pretty simple, but I gave up on removing the nails after a few short minutes because it was way too hard! I’ll stick to staining, finishing, posting pictures and talking to you!

Chief then fashions the feet and trestle legs using a variety of tools I am not qualified to touch. Let’s not forget that back in November I shot myself with the nail gun 😦     Some stretchers and braces are then added, and voila, you have a trestle base!

He then takes some wide boards and joins them together, and as far as how he made them drop like that, well that explanation is above my pay grade.

We then sealed it with some Linseed oil and let that cure for a few days.  Now our favorite part of the process, delivery day!!!!!  Our clients were very pleased with how it turned out, and it fit the space perfectly!  Chief never ceases to amaze me with his ability to build these treasures! So I guess the moral of the story is, one man’s burn pile could be another man’s treasure!

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