|Project by Craftsman on the lake||posted 08-07-2014 08:29 PM||905 views||6 times favorited||9 comments|
I blogged the build of this chest as I went along. You can pick it up here from the beginning.
My Youngest is getting married in Sept. 2014. Soon, as of this writing…sigh… This chest will have in it a couple of items from the hope chest my wife has that is nostalgic about my daughter from her past.
The chest is made of hard maple with an aromatic cedar lining. It’s sort of a modified shaker design with finger or box joints at the corners and a decorative skirt and cover lip (this part wouldn’t be shaker for sure.). The inside has a sliding tray near the top. The finish is natural, how I like to finish most wood; Polyacrylic in this instance.
The build was a bit of a challenge. Gluing together the large panels and then flattening them by hand as they were too wide for the planer. Then the first time at large finger joints. One slip of the router and the chest suddenly becomes smaller on two sides as I’d have to cut off the damaged joints and start again. I made a temporary, one use, jig to cut the fingers.
This is movie I made for her that is a short DVD that will be placed in the tray inside of the chest. It will play on any computer or DVD player. Hopefully, later on some day she’ll watch it again and smile and remember.
The song is by Stephanie Bentley. If the video doesn’t play for you, you can view it directly here on youtube.
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.