Daughters Birthday Present

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Project by roundabout22 posted 05-02-2017 04:29 PM 1534 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t posted in a very long time, but felt I would share this one.

Tradition in my family is my dad would give the granddaughter a hope chest for their 12th birthday. This would be made out of oak or alder.

My dad passed away 3 years ago after a 3 year battle with cancer (he was a down winder). Out of all my siblings I’m the only one who regularly does any woodworking. So I helped him build his last four chests. Since I could build one for my daughter, those chests went to my nieces. I would then build one for my daughter using grandpa’s pattern and wood.

As we were cleaning things up getting ready to sell my parents house, I moved some cedar from the house to the shop which wasn’t getting sold. My daughter was there and we talked about her chest and I was explaining why I would be making it for her. I told her she could have her choice of wood either oak or alder.

She picked cedar. It was lumber that her grandpa, my dad, had cut down then had his brother mill. This chest was the result. I had to do a lot of piece milling and picking through boards to make it work. But I think it turned out pretty good.

-- remember always measure once and cut twice

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#1 posted 05-02-2017 07:51 PM

very nice

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#2 posted 05-02-2017 08:53 PM

That’s a very nice looking hope chest, with a great story behind it—I’m sure she’ll love it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 05-02-2017 10:45 PM

That is a very creative chest. I like it a lot.

-- Scott

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#4 posted 05-02-2017 11:50 PM

Your daughter will find great enjoyment with the beautiful hope chest and the story that goes with it.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#5 posted 05-03-2017 01:18 AM

Great project and wonderful story. Creating projects often involves so much more than simply joining pieces of wood. Thank you for sharing.

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#6 posted 05-03-2017 12:15 PM

Beautiful chest. You have a lucky daughter. I think it was a great call on her part to choose wood that was linked to her grandfather. Nice call on your part to give the other chests to nieces because you could make one for your own daughter. In all, it sounds like you have a great family.

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#7 posted 05-03-2017 12:45 PM

Great job on the chest… even better story for your daughter. She did great picking out the cedar.

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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#8 posted 05-03-2017 01:43 PM

This is a very attractive piece and the wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 05-03-2017 07:22 PM

Beautiful story and Beautiful hope chest. Love how this all turned out! Memories that will last a life time! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 05-03-2017 08:06 PM

thank you for the comments. Her birthday is today, so she hasn’t actually seen it yet. But it was definitely one of those labor of love pieces.

-- remember always measure once and cut twice

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#11 posted 05-04-2017 02:30 AM

That should be one happy little girl

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#12 posted 05-04-2017 02:33 PM

nice! good to see you kept the tradition alive. i’m sure yor daughter will love it and find many uses

-- Two is One, One is None

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#13 posted 05-05-2017 01:34 AM

Perfect my friend.

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