|Project by tpastore||posted 02-17-2010 01:44 PM||4430 views||51 times favorited||19 comments|
Hello Lumberjocks, Here is my latest project that has been under wraps for a while. It is the piece featured in my FWW article this month. 4 Ways to Make a Panel Pop
Now that it is published I am posting a quick description and some pictures of the project.
This hope chest is a wedding gift for a family friend. I grew up spending summers with Maine with her, her 2 brothers, and my two sisters. Our moms were teachers so we spent many weeks together during the summer. 13 years ago she lost her older brother to a car accident. He was just about to graduate from high school and it was a massive blow to the family. Tragically, this past fall, she lost her younger brother to another car accident. When thinking of what to get her for her wedding, I wanted to focus on the future, a future full of hope.
The design is my own with inspirations from many different sources.
Hope chest – The hope chest frame is made of cherry. The joinery is mortice and tenon. The panels are made from woven maple strips and the panel grove also has some tongue and groove aromatic cedar on the inside. The inside of the hope chest has some horizontal runners at three levels for the interior boxes. These boxes can be stacked to one side, two can be placed on one level, or they can be removed to be used outside of the hope chest. The top is three pieces of cherry hinged with some beautiful brass hinges.
Interior boxes – The interior box frames are made of curly maple with box joint corners. The top is a cherry veneer woven panel with a brass pin as a hinge. Inside the boxes are two removable trays. The trays have removable dividers and a suede microfiber bottom. The tops are opened by lifting a cherry handle on the front of the box.
Everything is finished with a satin oil based finish.
I am very happy with the result on the project. It means so much to me on many different levels – the wedding gift, the FWW article, the time with my son weaving the panels, finishing a challenging project – it will be a favorite of mine for a long time.
So now it is time to deliver it to its owner….I can’t wait.
You can see more projects and follow my progress at my website In The Details Gallery