Edwards Roos cedar chests, commonly known Ed Roos cedar chests, are a vintage line of cedar chests manufactured by the Ed Roos Company of Forest Park, which operated from 1918 to 1951. The Ed Roos cedar chests were originally bridal hope chests and were marketed around the world.Continue Reading
The Roos family had a previous company, the Roos Manufacturing Co., which was founded by Edward Roos. After his death, his two sons, Otto and Edward, took over the family business and renamed the company to the Roos Cedar Chest Company, which was based in Chicago and manufactured cedar chests.
In 1916 during World War I, the factory was shut down because these chests were considered to be a luxury. However, in 1918, Edward Roos moved to Forest Park, Ill., where he opened the Ed Roos Company of Forest Park. During its operational period, this company was the biggest manufacturing plant in Forest Park and provided employment to approximately 400 people. In 1943, Edward Roos died at age of 62. Shortly after his death, the production of the company was once again restricted by the government because of the second world war. The company never got back on its feet after this, and it was sold in 1951.Learn more about Antiques
According to the Wood Database, cedar chests are naturally long-lasting, able to repel moths and other insects that might damage clothes and keep clothes smelling great. This is all due to cedar's particular properties and essential oils.Full Answer >
To build a cedar chest, measure and cut the cedar into two long sides, two short sides, one bottom piece and one lid, then secure the boards with screws and attach two hinges to the lid to secure it to the base. There are other ways to build a cedar chest, but this is one popular method.Full Answer >
To refinish a cedar chest, put it on a tarp, remove the hardware, strip and sand the wood, apply the new stain and sealant, and dry the chest. This two-day process requires protective clothing, a tarp, screwdrivers, a chemical paint stripper, a scraper, sandpaper, wood stain, sealant and a paintbrush.Full Answer >
If you are in possession of an original Lane cedar hope chest, and wish to determine its current value, check eBay to see how much your particular model is selling for at the present time. The value of your cedar chest depends on its condition, the local market and level of demand. You can visit a local antique dealer to obtain an estimate of your cedar chest's value.Full Answer >