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Woven Panel Hope Chest - FWW Article Piece

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Project by tpastore posted 1647 days ago 3406 views 50 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Tim

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motoman

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#1 posted 1647 days ago

Nice job Tim,beautful piece.What a great gift.

-- Mike Wix

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Triumph1

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#2 posted 1647 days ago

That is amazing! Congratulations on getting published also! I am actually about 1/2 thru the article in FWW. Thank you for posting this…into the favorites it goes.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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ellen35

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#3 posted 1647 days ago

Tim,
That is beautiful… and the thoughtfulness that goes with it is touching.
Your craftsmanship is just incredible!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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FatScratch

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#4 posted 1647 days ago

Impeccable craftsmanship! The choice of wood is fantastic. The woven panels add a lot of visual interest and make the chest very unique.

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jayjay

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#5 posted 1647 days ago

That is an incredible piece of artwork. It looks like it would take many, many hours to complete, however, well worth it.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 1647 days ago

Excellent build, beautiful sentiment and published article. The trifecta! Thank you for sharing this one.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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WoodWrangler

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#7 posted 1647 days ago

That is awesome and probably one of the neatest and cleanest projects I’ve seen in a while. Added to my favorites!

-- Jeremy, Bradenton, Florida

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Marco Cecala

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#8 posted 1647 days ago

Great work. I was intrigued by the weaving idea. What do you think about 2 layers of standard (1/42”) veneer laminated, then cut into strips? Congratulations on the article.

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Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 1647 days ago

Holly Crap, that is really nice!!! Great Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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agartzke

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#10 posted 1647 days ago

This project is amazing! How thin did you have to slice the maple to get the weave to work?

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jm82435

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#11 posted 1646 days ago

Wow, I love this one. Very well thought out and executed. The basket weave says summer vacation, picnics, family and friends. A wonderfully appropriate gift for the situation. Very touching story, I am sorry for your losses. Thanks for sharing this and your technique with everyone. I remember your woven box lid where you showed how to do this. It is projects like this and people like you that are willing to share, that makes Lumberjocks so fulfilling.

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

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dakremer

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#12 posted 1646 days ago

this is an awesome hope chest. I really like the design, and it looks like it is very well made!! I’m a beginner woodworker – i hope some day I can build things like this!! great job!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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RexMcKinnon

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#13 posted 1646 days ago

That’s cool.

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

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Bradford

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#14 posted 1646 days ago

Yes, this goes into my favorites. It is so cool to see projects like this.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#15 posted 1646 days ago

Super work Tim

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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