Hope chest for my daughter.

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Project by tt1106 posted 10-31-2014 04:50 PM 1906 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished my Daughters Hope Chest. This was my 17 year old’s Hope Chest, I planned to finsih for her for Christmas 3 years ago (When she was 14). Sadly, I didn’t get it done and for the next two years was unable to finish as she sank into a deep depression which culminated in her hospitalization four times over the course of the year for suicidal ideations and attempts. This girl is now in College purusuing a degree in Deaf studies. She is doing great and since the world has stabilized for the moment, I decided to finish the chest. The camera shots are terrible and frankly, it was too much trouble to worry about better ones. This is a Hope Chest made out of Red Oak and lined with Aromatic Cedar. I Used a very dark stain, so oak became very blotchy. Because I was trying desperatley to just finish it, I looked the other way, subverted my need to over crtiicize my work until I’m basically paralyzed and just finished it. In the deaf culture, my daughters name “Sunny” is made by making the letter S in Sign language and then strumming it like a guitar. Sunny + Music. In the top of the chest, I woodburned the letter S (Sign Language) and a treble clef on a set of scales with notes.
I gave it to her yesterday and she was thrilled. This represents one of my favorite projects, simply from the reception it got from the receiver. God has been very faithful to us and to her and has taught us valuable lessons about priorities and suffering well while maintaining hope.

-- -Todd

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#1 posted 10-31-2014 05:46 PM

When my daughter was around 12 years old my oldest niece passed away from breast cancer that had not been present 8 weeks before.
Since she was old enough to know that my mother, an aunt and a couple of her mom’s family had had breast cancer, she was extremely worried.
I took her to our family doc, (who was female), and had her checked. While the Dr. was at it, I asked her to show my daughter how to check herself and I left the room. (My daughter was extremely private).

When we got home I made her a little box. nothing fancy, just some 1×2’s screwed together and a plywood lid with a long cabinet hinge screwed to it.
To say the least, it’s pretty rough, I did it with my circular saw and a speed square.

She still has that little box and calls it her “Hope Chest.” At first she put her fears about breast cancer and other fears in it, then she put hopes in it, now she puts worries in it.
Since it has no bottom, the worries and fears have to fall out and get lost. The hopes are always growing so they get stuck in the box until they come true.

The box is only 2”x4” but it has no limit to the number of hopes that can go in it.

I applaud you for your love and your creation. Your daughter will remember it all her life.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 10-31-2014 06:44 PM

Wow, touching story! and beautiful chest too!


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#3 posted 10-31-2014 06:51 PM

Thanks for Sharing your story…. Did you wing it or go by a set of plans on the build.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#4 posted 10-31-2014 07:32 PM

That is a beautiful chest, I wish I’d made it, it’s a fantastic piece of work you should be very proud. I’m really glad your daughter is doing better.

-- If at first you do succeed try not to look surprised

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#5 posted 10-31-2014 08:00 PM

For a Project like this it is not the quality of the work we do , but the Quality of Love we put into the work. And it came out looking quite good to me.

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#6 posted 10-31-2014 08:20 PM

Thanks so much Dallas and everybody else. GShepherd, it started as a plan from Wood magazine. I believe, it was 32 projects you can build in a weekend. :) Obviously, before all this, I still wasn’t able to build it in a weekend.

-- -Todd

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#7 posted 11-01-2014 01:29 PM

Well you built it for a lifetime…you did good!

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#8 posted 11-01-2014 01:57 PM

Goodness, someone must be cutting onions around me because my eyes are all watery!

Beautiful chest and even more beautiful story. I know the feeling of a family member being depressed and the helpless feeling that goes along with it.
Blotchiness – bah! I say it looks great. The important thing is that you made it for her. No one can take away from it.

-- Matt, San Antonio

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#9 posted 11-02-2014 04:08 AM

Wonderful story and chest, Todd! Thank you, and Dallas, for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 11-03-2014 06:06 PM

This whole thread really made my day. I have a 9 month old daughter…guess i’d better get started on her chest :)

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