Twin Hope Chest

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Project by indianawoodbutcher posted 01-31-2011 09:15 AM 1644 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project post, so please be patient, while I try to explain this project. I dreamed this up while sittign at a boring dinner auction. It took me about 9 months to finally get started, but I am quite pleased with the final product. This little dream was designed for my daughter and her best friend. The inspiration is from the heart necklaces that girls used to wear. You know the ones that are split and each girl wears one half.
Fortunately, I was able to build the entire project with oak that was given to me by a friend. He just needed it moved out fo his garage, and I was happy to move it out. I estimate 250 Bf of oak. JACKPOT. At least he has space to park his new Harley. Of course I did not have to use all of the oak for this. I have also made some other projects that will be posted later. The cool point is that much of the oak is filled with worm holes. I wasnt sure how that would look, but the holes really add some character to a piece of furniture.

I used Oak on the outside and lined it with aromatic cedar. Also stained the panels a little darker than the rest of the frame, just to give it some kick. The lid is now lined with some red felt. That is not shown in the picture. All together, each hope chest is approximately 36” X 18” X 18”. The ultimate plan is that the two girls will one day room together in college, and will be able to place them together. If that never happens, at least they will have a story behind their one of a kind hope chest.

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 03:45 PM

Very nice, ingenious idea, and well crafted. Your daughter and her friend will always have something together. Thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 05:05 PM

That is a great idea! I just might have to “use” that idea myself, haha. But great work, the only thing I would have done different is posted more pictures of the project, I would have liked to seen it open. Really though great job. And super great idea!!

-- Matt Speer , ‎"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential." - Winston Churchill

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 10:03 PM

Very nice and original

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 01:20 AM

Thanks for all of the comments.

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