Hope Chest

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Project by Gittyup posted 01-18-2015 01:53 AM 1190 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this hope chest for my oldest daughter. It’s quarter-sawn oak with walnut accents. It was my first attempt at raised panels and I used a lock miter bit to join the panels. Then I filled the legs from underneath to make them look like solid square stock.

I used my mortise to inset the walnut. And because it is finished on all sides and has an equal overhang all around, I added a contoured walnut strip to identify the side that opens.

I lined the bottom of the removable tray in cedar to get a nice matching look.

I love the lid supports I used. Expensive, but they work very nicely and add a touch of class. They stay open at any angle. Once the lid gets to about 3” from close, they let it close nice and slow.

I still haven’t put the final finish on quite yet. Right now it’s just stained with golden mahogany color. My shop is too cold for poly right now, and I really don’t want to do it in the house. My wife says to just use tung oil and wax it. But, I don’t know. I have to drive this to my daughter half way across the country and that won’t happen until warmer weather. So, I have time to decide how to finish.

Thanks for looking.

-- tel

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#1 posted 01-18-2015 08:18 PM

Nice project. A lot of work went into those raise panels but it was worth it. Your daughter will like it I’m sure.

-- Doug

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#2 posted 01-18-2015 09:54 PM

WOW this is a really nice piece. Definitely something to be proud of. I love the walnut strip paired with the walnut accents. All around a good project.

-- "When it comes to working on stuff, buying more tools usually helps" - Matthew Eye

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#3 posted 01-19-2015 05:29 PM

Beautiful job. Making one is on my todo list for daughter. Did you use plans?


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#4 posted 01-19-2015 09:05 PM

No plans. Looked at lot of chests. I did use MLCS’ raised panel calculator to work out the dimensions of the rails, stiles, and panels. Then I just winged it. I wasnt’ sure if I’d add legs or just lock-miter the panels. Decided to do just the panels. Would have looked good either way, but I didn’t have big enough stock for solid legs and didn’t want to use built up legs.

-- tel

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