Hope Chest

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Project by clarkt posted 05-30-2017 12:55 AM 968 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been woodworking in earnest about ten years. This was the first piece I had designed and built with hand cut mortise and tenon joinery. Solid maple with book matched panels. Frame and panel, mortise and tenon joinery on all 4 sides. The arched panel openings were a challenge. especially cutting the grooves for the panels. The knot in the center panel was originally going to be cut out, but I decided to feature it instead. I used Walnut for the panel accents.

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#1 posted 05-30-2017 02:56 AM

Normally I do not like bark inclusions, but what you did is great. Lovely work.

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#2 posted 05-30-2017 03:29 AM

I really like this chest!

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#3 posted 05-30-2017 03:38 AM

Great looking chest, I really like the arched front panel. Great work.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 05-30-2017 10:54 AM

Nice chest – I like the knot included also.

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#5 posted 05-30-2017 12:18 PM

Very attractive chest!!

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#6 posted 05-30-2017 12:19 PM

that looks great- and i love the butterfly pattern made by the bookmatched knot.

how did you manage the arched frames and panels? I had a similar problem with my blanket chest… im curious as to the tools and techniques you used.

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#7 posted 05-30-2017 12:31 PM

10 years,I bet you have lots of other first class projects to share.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 05-30-2017 02:38 PM

This hope chest is a very nice piece. You have done a real nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 05-30-2017 07:54 PM

Very beautiful design and clean lines. I like the wood you used. Joinery look very professionaly made.

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#10 posted 05-30-2017 11:54 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. thank you for posting an inspiring project, the arch panels are very nice and the book matching so rare with the bark or knot. Please browse some sites ( my home and projects or workshop ) for some ideas and projects. Best wishes. Be Safe.

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#11 posted 06-04-2017 01:04 PM

First of all, Thank you all for the compliments! Part of the reason I got into woodworking is problem solving. What I discovered in the process is how design incorporates aesthetic, functional, and construction execution challenges. I normally would consider knots and bark inclusions to be defects. On these Maple boards, however, there was something unique in the combination of the “defects” and the figure around them. For the arched grooves, I secured the top rails upside down on the bench and used a homemade jig with a straight bit in a palm router. I suppose you could also use a router table with a slot cutter.

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