QSWO Hope Chest

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Project by knotscott posted 03-05-2009 11:17 PM 2993 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a hopechest that I designed and made for my oldest daughter’s graduation. The sides are panel and frame, the top is solid, the bottom is solid aromatic cedar. The corners are glued and pinned with a couple of pocket screws. The QSWO was salvaged from old wine vats that came out of the Widmer Wineries in the Finger Lakes region of NY state. You can see the wine stains on the inside. The pegs are handmade from black walnut, and are decorative only. The finish is poly.



The winevat staves as received

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#1 posted 03-05-2009 11:45 PM

I can almost smell the wine… looks great, love the design. Great job color and grain matching. I know that isn’t always easy when re purposing lumber.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#2 posted 03-06-2009 12:35 AM

Very nice design and ditto on the grain matching. Well done Thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 03-06-2009 12:37 AM

Thats a very nice looking chest. Did you do anything special with the finish to get the grain to pop like that? I love the QSWO.

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#4 posted 03-06-2009 03:59 AM

Very, very nice. The wine stains certainly give it character. Your daughter will doubtless cherish it for many years to come! :)

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#5 posted 03-06-2009 08:02 AM

Well done!

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#6 posted 03-06-2009 04:36 PM

Thanks everyone.

jm82435 – The wine smell from the staves was very strong when I brought them home in the van. I was afraid I’d have some explaining to do if I got stopped. wine stained staves

Creeker…nothing special on the finish. Just a bit of stain and poly did the trick. I suspect the flash from the camera amplifies the look!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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