Oak hope chest

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Project by Brandon posted 12-04-2007 04:07 AM 2981 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife wanted me to build something for my future sister-in-law, well here you have it. I did some sketching and some dust making and had a whole lot of fun. I like to make my own trim, it gives me an excuse to buy new router bits. I have been buying Freud or CMT, they have really good bits. I also used the new Festool Domino Jointer on the raised panel and the lid, man what a fun tool. I have grown to like the Festool equipment, pricey but very good equipment.

-- With God all things are possible. Matt 20:26

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#1 posted 12-04-2007 04:10 AM

That’s a nice chest! I’m a big fan of the Domino as well. Mine sits patiently in it’s systainer waiting for me to use it again.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 12-04-2007 04:28 AM

That’s a really pretty chest!

I must confess to my warped mind… when you said your wife wanted you to build something for your sister-in-law, and I looked at the photo of the chest, my first thought was “Yep, the body should fit in there.” :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 12-04-2007 04:46 AM

Looks great delta!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 12-04-2007 05:17 AM

This is nice, I do like the look of the raised panel. I noticed to in all your project description that you are having fun. I call my shop my playroom.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#5 posted 12-04-2007 06:24 AM

That marriage had better last a long time Delta, after all the work you have done for your brother & wife to be. Very nice job indeed.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 12-04-2007 06:54 AM

looks good. tell us about the finish

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 12-04-2007 12:41 PM

Another nice project Delta. Your brother is lucky to have you – or he’d go broke buying all the stuff that you have built for him.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 12-04-2007 02:41 PM

Thats a great looking chest. Nice work. The Domino is a cool toy but it aint worth 700 bucks….


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#9 posted 12-04-2007 04:15 PM

Guys, we gave the hope chest to my future sister in law. She asked me how to paint it. I almost had a small cow. I’m sure some of you share my concerns. I did relay to her that oak is not for painting. Anyway I think she will leave the woodworking up to me.

-- With God all things are possible. Matt 20:26

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#10 posted 12-04-2007 07:43 PM

Beautiful work Delta. Now, had it been walnut, she could have painted it. No wait, that’s Deb that paints walnut… nevermind ;-0

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#11 posted 12-09-2007 12:05 AM

If she wanted you to paint it you should make one of pine and keep this one for the smart sister in law. She will love it when she see it and will wonder in the coming years what she was thinking. My wife has her grandmother,s chest and it looks better than the one we purchased after we were married. The one we purchased has a nicer padded top. To bad we burned it with a cigarette. I wonder which one will be saved in the future. The one with the burn or not with the burn. Thanks for sharing your project with us.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#12 posted 12-10-2007 04:45 PM

I bet it would look nice painted (Evil grin) haha

((note to self: just give up.. your reputation is forever tarnished, not varnished, or should I say painted, or tainted)) sigh


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 05-29-2008 04:27 PM

hahahahaaa , you’ve got to love ppl that paint hardwoods…...what are you going to finish it with and if you already have finished it , do you have any pix ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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