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Hope Chest—Finished!

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Project by Tommy posted 2742 days ago 3514 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this on April 14. Many folks have written very gracious comments about the dovetails. Thanks, ironically, given that I’m figuring this out as I go, they turned out to be the easiest part. What drove me crazy was getting the lid right. Since the hinge isn’t external and the lid is heavy (although lighter than lid #1!), it was a bear.

One thing I pulled off (that isn’t visible) is that instead of screwing braces to the lid, I made a sliding dovetail for both and pegged it near the front of the lid with one 1/4 dowel.

As my grandmother would say, “There’s no rest for the weary.” I’ve already started prepping the lumber for daughter #2’s chest.

Pics from the whole project are at http://web.mac.com/tallen

I’m getting close to the “finish” line.


A few years ago, while reading a story on “hope chests” to my three girls, they asked if I’d make one for each of them. I naively said, “Sure, how hard could it be? It’s just a box.”

The truth: At the time, I barely knew the difference between an airplane and a hand-plane. I went to the library and happened upon a book by Krenov in which he said, among many other things, that he didn’t let his apprentices use power tools until they’d mastered the hand-tool that the former replaced. I thought, “Well if that’s good enough for them…”

That catapulted me into the world of “old-school” woodworking, antique stores, ebay and, of course, a garage that is full of tools and sans cars.

This chest, for my oldest daughter (turning 13 soon), is the result of about a year’s work (30 minutes at a time, when I could find the time) and about 2 years, before that, of late nights practicing dovetails (cut a pair, see where I screwed up, saw them off, start again…lather, rinse, repeat).

I’ll post a final pic, I “hope” soon.

-- "Will preach for wood."





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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 2742 days ago

Welcome aboard Tommy! You have some pretty lucky girls. That looks like a wonderful labor of love.

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Shawn

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#2 posted 2741 days ago

Beautiful man, just beautiful, welcome abord my fellow jock.

-- Cheers

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2741 days ago

and do they know how much you love them?
wow – that’s quite the commitment you have made
can’t wait to see the final product

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 2741 days ago

I’ve been working on one for my daughter since August, and it does’nt have any dovetails so good luck. It will be worth it to see their faces light up when you give it to them. Mark C. gave me some good advice, which was to write something mushy on the bottom for them to remember you by, great idea, and welcome to the lumberjocks. jockmike 2.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Obi

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#5 posted 2741 days ago

Wow… dovetails by hand. Very Nice Work. And Welcome to the Shop

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Karson

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#6 posted 2741 days ago

Very nice welcome to Lumberjocks

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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oscorner

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#7 posted 2741 days ago

Where’s the router and dovetail jig? Three of them, all with handmade dovetails. What a Dad!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Don

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#8 posted 2741 days ago

Tommy, this is a wonderful undertaking. Your daughters may never know what an expression of love this is.

Without stealing your thunder, it’s something very much like this that also got me into woodworking. My father built a cedar lined chest for my first daughter as a wedding gift. My second daughter was married three years later and my dad had started one for her also. But unfortunately, he became ill and never finished it before he went home to God.

I just didn’t have the necessary skills, or tools at that time, so commissioned a man to finish the work. He as a cabinet maker and commented to me that “your dad was an old-world craftsman”. Looking back on this, I would say it was this experience that motivated me to learn the skills my Dad had.

Thanks for showing this. Please keep posting work-in- progress hots.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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darryl

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#9 posted 2741 days ago

I have to hand it to you Tommy, I have three daughters and one of my goals is to make a blanket chest for each one of them. I went out and bought the Leigh dovetail jig to do the job though. So far, you are way ahead of me! I should follow your lead and learn to cut these dovetails by hand.

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Tommy

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#10 posted 2706 days ago

Hey guys…

Thanks SO much for all the comments and encouragement.

Tommy

-- "Will preach for wood."

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Obi

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#11 posted 2706 days ago

O.K. So now I guess Iit’s my turn to do that hand made dovetail thingy, huh? I made a 24” jig out of 2 (two) 1/4” pieces of mahogany plywood glued together, so I think I can figure it out.

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 2706 days ago

isn’t this beautiful (in more ways than one).
Bravo.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Bill

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#13 posted 2706 days ago

Wow, hand made dovetails! That is truly a work of art. I am sure they will appreciate the chests for years to come.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 2706 days ago

Beautiful work, your daughters will love these forever.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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David

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#15 posted 2706 days ago

I like the comment “how hard could it be? It’s just a box . . . “

I really enjoy making chests so this struck a chord with me. I like the dovetails and the inlaid cross. Looking forward to more photos. Very nice work!

Can you share details of the inlay?

These will be real treasures for your daughters to enjoy.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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