My daughter's hope chest

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Project by Bothus posted 1672 days ago 3411 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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#1 posted 1672 days ago

It turned out really beautiful. Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 1672 days ago

Nice work

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 1671 days ago

Great job.

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#5 posted 1671 days ago

Mighty fine. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#6 posted 1671 days ago

Nice hope chest!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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

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#8 posted 1671 days ago

Unique design well done

-- Custom furniture

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Stanley Coker

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#9 posted 1671 days ago

Very Very Nice!

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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-- Bart, Waimauku NZ

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#11 posted 1671 days ago

Awesome—-really good job!

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

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#12 posted 1670 days ago

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 1664 days ago

Beautiful hope chest! Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 1664 days ago

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 1663 days ago

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


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

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