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My daughter's hope chest

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Project by Bothus posted 09-20-2009 06:08 PM 3625 views 9 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 5 years we built a hope chest for our daughter.

We used three species of wood. Maple, cedar and walnut. We used 3 types maple. Curly maple, Birdseye maple and quilted maple.

I designed it as frame and panel construction with maple stiles and rails and cedar panels. For the top I joined two pieces of Birdseye maple and a piece of curly maple with walnut bow ties at the seams. Then I laminated that to a piece of cedar. I worried about this warping but so far it hasn’t.

I struggled long and hard to come up with the perfect design. I wanted something that would represent my love for her. She knows she will always have my heart and now anyone who sees her hope chest will know it too.

The heart is quilted maple.

9-21-09 I updated the photos. I finally found one that showed the base moulding and the depth of the various grains.

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.





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woodworm

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#1 posted 09-20-2009 06:12 PM

It turned out really beautiful. Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 09-20-2009 09:09 PM

Nice work

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#3 posted 09-20-2009 09:36 PM

beautiful

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#4 posted 09-21-2009 01:26 AM

Great job.

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#5 posted 09-21-2009 02:39 AM

Mighty fine. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#6 posted 09-21-2009 02:52 AM

Nice hope chest!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#7 posted 09-21-2009 03:34 AM

wow

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 09-21-2009 03:36 AM

Unique design well done

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#9 posted 09-21-2009 04:03 AM

Very Very Nice!

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#10 posted 09-21-2009 11:33 AM

Amazing

-- Bart, Waimauku NZ

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#11 posted 09-21-2009 10:21 PM

Awesome—-really good job!

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#12 posted 09-21-2009 11:11 PM

this is the reason i come here! beautiful, absolutley beautiful….......

-- the journy of a thousand miles begins with a single step " Lou-Tzu"

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#13 posted 09-28-2009 09:23 PM

Beautiful hope chest! Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 09-28-2009 10:22 PM

Please tell me again what is the meaning of hope chest?Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 09-28-2009 11:50 PM

Hi Alistar,

A hope chest is also called a wedding chest.

The meaning these days is strictly symbolic but in the old days a hope it was a chest used by a young woman for clothing and household goods, such as linens and silver, in anticipation of marriage.

Full disclosure: I copied this definition from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/hope+chest

;;
J

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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