Chrysler Mahogany & Ash Woodie

By Bill Esler | Posted: 03/20/2013 2:01PM


  A 1947 mahogany and ash trimmed Chrysler at the Chicago auto show reminded me of my love for vintage cars.

Its combination with woodworking - I could recognize a few finger joints, and saw there were some grain matching problems - made this one really intriguing.

By coincidence the auto show marked the introduction of a line of carage cabinets by Mopar, the Chrysler auto parts division. A wall of metal garage cabinets, priced at $8,000, is shipped to you directly, ready to assemble.

The Chrysler station wagon was originally developed in 1941. The April 2013 issue of Automotive magazine features a 1941 edition, and explains that ordinarily woodwork for wood-sided cars was outsourced, but Chrysler decided instead to establish a woodshop in its own plant in Detroit.


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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