|Project by indianawoodbutcher||posted 01-31-2011 09:15 AM||1224 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
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.