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Blog entry by David Grimes posted 1033 days ago 1826 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grown daughter asked for a “hope chest” some time ago, so I reckoned it was time to comply. I made a quick drawing, then commenced to cut all the pieces needed. I assembled the main body just before dinner. I asked Katy to look in the shop and tell me what she thinks. She does and informs me that it is too small. I asked what she was going to put in it and she said, “I don’t know but I want it to be a little wider.” “Oh, like a quilt chest ?” “Yeah, like that.”

So I am going to finish this one as planned and have fun doing it. The boss says she wants to put old pictures, high school annuals, diplomas, discs of more pictures, stuff from when the kids were little, etc. in it. So it will be a “memory chest”, then. I’m good with that.

It will be made from three woods: birch (main body and lid), maple (drawer fronts, scribe mold and lid rim accent trim) and select pine (base mold, beauty mold, and lid wood edge). Each of the three woods will have their very own stain color (no paint on this project). The maple is Minwax Puritan Pine (light), the birch is Minwax Provincial (medium), and the pine is Minwax Jacobean 1st, then a quick wipe of Minwax Ebony over that (dark).

Here’s the beginning:

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia



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philip marcou

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#1 posted 1033 days ago

Looking good…..

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Don W

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#2 posted 1033 days ago

off to a great start.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#3 posted 1033 days ago

That will be nice when you finish. She’ll love it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 1033 days ago

It’s coming along.

Does your daughter know that you are posting pictures of her chest all over the internet?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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David Grimes

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#5 posted 1033 days ago

Charlie, That’s funny. You don’t know how close the thread came to being “Chest Development – A Time Lapse Pictorial”.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#6 posted 1033 days ago

Everyone knows his daughter will be proud of her Nice Big Chest!

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David Grimes

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#7 posted 1033 days ago

and I’ll say that my hope of her having a larger chest is that it brings her some greater measure of happiness versus having a smaller chest. ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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David Grimes

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#8 posted 1032 days ago

Update: Doing a little pre-finishing before assembly.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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David Grimes

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#9 posted 1032 days ago

Update: Some assembly begun.

The “box” only has stain, so the wood has no pop to it yet. The top of the lid (last picture of previous post) is the same birch and stain as the box, but has two coats of shellac on it so far (as do the drawer fronts).

BTW, I did a head to head with Deft lacquer over the same stain (underside of the lid) versus the Zinsser shellac and it is obvious that the shellac pops the grain MUCH greater than the lacquer. I’m using de-waxed so I can finish with wipe urethane over the last coat of shellac and 320 sanding. Time to fix some brad holes on the trim.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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mafe

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#10 posted 1029 days ago

Someone will be really happy.
Big smile,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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David Grimes

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#11 posted 1028 days ago

Update: Busy week so not a tremendous amount of progress.

Note of possible interest: The dark color on the base trim, beauty band and lid wood edge are an almost exact match to the popular Kraftmaid cabinetry finish color “Peppercorn”. It is Minwax Jacobean, THEN a quick wipe with Minwax Ebony. It is so close, but not exact. I believe my next attempt (later project) will nail it if I add just a bit of red mahogany to the Jacobean , then wipe over with the Ebony.

Finishing continues:

The lid is assembled (routed wood edge and maple inlay attached to the lid body), but still needs finish work (obviously):

... and awaiting the 12” full extension drawer glides.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Don W

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#12 posted 1028 days ago

That’s turning out nice. I like the contrasting colors.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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David Grimes

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#13 posted 1028 days ago

Thanks, Don. If only USPS would bring me my drawer slides ;=(

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#14 posted 1027 days ago

Update:

Finishing is SO SLOW, but hopefully it will be worth the wait.

The piano hinge is now installed to the back of the box. I am installing dividers into the lower half of the well. A lift-out divided “tray / till” will take up the rest of the space up top. Thanks for the idea, gfadvm.

The top is filled and got its next-to-last coat of finish. Satin wipe urethane will be applied when all done to de-gloss a bit.

Still no drawer glides from the mail person, even though the tracking said it was out for delivery Friday morning. That… and hoping the fabric store has some decent black or dark brown felt… and I’ll be on the “last leg” of this project.

Thanks for stopping in.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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David Grimes

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#15 posted 1025 days ago

Update:

Lid, Safety hinge and Bumpers in place… starting to work the inside.

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Drawer knobs installed, another coat of poly on the outside. Maybe one more yet.

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Drawer runners installed. LOL at the flash makes the flat black on the drawer boxes look pathetic.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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