Cedar Lined Maple Hope Chest

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Project by MikeSpanky posted 05-05-2016 04:12 AM 920 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and built this chest for my only granddaughter who is graduating high school in a few weeks. It is 41” long x 23” wide x 24” tall. Has raised panels on all four sides. The inside is lined, sides and bottom with 1/4” red aromatic cedar as is the bottom of the tray. For the finish: on the maple I applied 3 coats of Dark Walnut Danish Oil followed by 3 coats of sprayed on Emtech EM6000 acrylic lacquer. No finish on the cedar. The chest sits on 1-1/2” rollers. The sliding tray moves easily on specialty trim made at the router table and also serves to lock in the cedar panels. Hinges: I tried out one set from Rockler that failed miserably. I suppose the lid supports placed too much pressure on them, the lid alone weighing 21 lb. Finally, I went with a piano hinge and it worked out great. This project took longer than I had hoped but at the start I was only a few weeks out from back surgery. I’m thoroughly pleased with the outcome. I hope my granddaughter will be too. Thanks for looking.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#1 posted 05-05-2016 10:21 AM

Very nice chest. I see a lot of loving work in the details such as joinery and wonderful finish. Congratulations you are a HIT.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#2 posted 05-05-2016 11:17 AM

Beautiful Cedar Chest, Mike. She’ll love it.Iit will become an heirloom!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-05-2016 11:26 AM

beautiful chest and I especially like your joinery, I’ve seen it before but I didn’t write it down so that memory is gone.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#4 posted 05-05-2016 11:29 AM

Beautiful, you should sign and date it somewhere, I am sure it will be a treasure for years to come!

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#5 posted 05-05-2016 01:23 PM

looks great

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#6 posted 05-05-2016 01:54 PM

Thanks guys. It was enjoyable to make. Mojo1 that’s a good idea. I have a burn tool so I’ll do just that.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#7 posted 05-05-2016 02:48 PM

This chest is beautiful and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 05-05-2016 03:28 PM

That is beautiful. Your granddaughter is going to love that for years to come. You done good my friend, real good!

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#9 posted 05-05-2016 08:04 PM

Thanks to all. I have to admit having been on this site for a while and watching some of you pros on YouTube has really helped my woodworking skills. Until about a year and a half ago it had been over 15 years since I’d done much in woodworking, though the craving never went away. Some methods have changed, except old school ways which I still need lots of experience on, and some tools now are top of the line, making things better than ever. Now I find myself eager to get to the shop in the mornings. Hope that eagerness remains when I step deep into a new set of cabinets for the house this summer.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#10 posted 05-06-2016 06:43 PM

Great chest, it looks so sturdy and massive.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 05-10-2016 07:13 PM

A very nice chest. Woodworking definitely gets into the bloodstream. I think you’ll have fun fun fun with every mistake you make, and with every mistake that you don’t… Work/Play safe, and keep a dust collector fed.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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