Pecan and Walnut Hope Chest

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Project by Derek posted 06-07-2011 08:56 PM 2628 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a smaller chest I made for my mother. Pecan with Walnut to add some great contrast.

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#1 posted 06-07-2011 09:56 PM

I never knew pecans have such light wood.
Beautiful combination by the way, not as light as maple, but i really like that milky tone of it.
It fits the walnut very well.
Great work.

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#2 posted 06-07-2011 10:26 PM

very nice project. I’ve got to make a few toyboxes for a few Grandkids soon. I really like the wood combos on this.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 11:42 PM

Great wood choices and great job with the construction.

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#4 posted 06-08-2011 01:18 AM

Nice hope chest.

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#5 posted 06-08-2011 02:06 AM

Very nice work, the pecan really brings out the color and graining of the walnut.

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#6 posted 06-08-2011 02:15 AM

Beautiful contrast between the two woods. Thanks for sharing.

P.S. Really like the garage doors too. So much better than just the plain white metal.

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#7 posted 06-08-2011 04:00 AM

I really like the tone you achieved on the walnut. Can you share your finish regimen?

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#8 posted 06-08-2011 03:31 PM

Derek, this is a beautiful chest. What are the dimensions?

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#9 posted 06-08-2011 04:59 PM

Nicely done Derek. I especially like the fact that you chose to use walnut hardwood, rather than plywood for the sides. The pecan frames it up nicely. Is the floor also hardwood, or did you actually use a piece of plywood for that?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 06-08-2011 09:04 PM

Derek, the contrast between the two looks very nice. It’s a nice chest.

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#11 posted 06-10-2011 02:13 PM


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#12 posted 06-14-2011 05:05 AM

To finish the chest i used sand and sealer, then sanded and re preformed it again. The final finish was several coats of wax and buffing. The bottom of the chest is the only piect of plywood used, I didnt see a reason to used hardwood fr the bottom that would never be seen. The chest measurments are 18” tall X 18” deep and 28” long. Then hinges are from Rockler, and are self supporting, so need for any other support in the box.

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#13 posted 06-16-2011 08:02 PM

Wow! That is a beautiful combo of contrasting woods. Gorgeous simplicity.


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