Cedar lined oak chest

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Project by LarryB posted 07-11-2011 10:23 PM 2824 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and built this cedar lined, oak hope chest for my oldest granddaughter’s 16th birthday.
Being my first project of this type, and after many hours of planning, I couldn’t believe how many hours it took to completion. But I enjoyed every moment.
I put it on castors and used torsion hinges for the lid. It snaps shut with rare earth magnets embedded in the front lip and lid. The frame was assembled using the Kreg screw system and glue. The aromatic cedar is wonderful! The tray is made of poplar with a 1/4 ” pegboard bottom for ventilation.

The best part was the look on my granddaughter’s face when we presented it to her. What a surprise!

Larry B

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#1 posted 07-11-2011 10:26 PM

very nice. what is the thickness of the panels? i’m looking at building something similar for my daughters toy box

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#2 posted 07-11-2011 10:46 PM

Very nice.

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#3 posted 07-12-2011 12:25 AM

Great looking cedar chest. Sounds like Grandma loved it.

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#4 posted 07-12-2011 02:13 AM

Very Nice.

What’s the weight of the lid and what matching hinges did you choose?

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#5 posted 07-13-2011 04:03 AM

I used 1/4” oak ply panels, inset into 3/4 oak framework for the front and both ends.
The lid is heavy but I didn’t weigh it – 3/4 ply with 1/4” cedar glued on the inside and 1/4” oak ply glued on top. Then a solid oak trim for the lip.
Hinges were found at the Woodsmith Store in Des Moines, IA. They come in pairs – 30lb, 40lb and 60lb. I used the 40 and they worked great! I don’t recall the brand. They’d be ideal for a toy box where you don’t want a lid to slam shut. They’re pricey, but I think worth it.

Thanks for the support!

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