Cherry hope chest

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Project by Sam Yerardi posted 02-14-2008 03:13 AM 2746 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for my daughter for her up-coming wedding in December. It’s made from cherry, and the interior wood is aromatic cedar.

-- Sam

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#1 posted 02-14-2008 03:42 AM


This is a nice chest. The raised panels add a nice design element to the piece. I am sure that your daughter will enjoy and cherish this piece. It is something that she can pass on to her children.

Congratulations on getting a new son-in-law.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 03:43 AM

Nice job Sam. That wood looks like Juniper down under. does it have a very strong sweet odour?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 04:13 AM

Great looking chest Sam, Your daughter will truly cherish this chest

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 06:17 AM

Great job, Sam! I’m sure your future grandchildren will inherit this one day.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 06:19 AM

Very nice job! I love the smell of cedar. Your daughter will love it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 06:25 AM

Ahh, another family heirloom. The chest looks great and like Gary said the aroma of that cedar won’t hurt anything at all. Good job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 02-14-2008 06:47 AM

Great job Sam. It’s a keeper and family will fight over it for generations to come.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 02-14-2008 08:34 AM

Nice job, you beat me to the punch!!

I’m about to post mine in another week or so. I made two, one cherry, one walnut for my 2 girls I used solid boards with dovetails vs post and panel. On the cherry one I stained directly on the wood but wish I had put on a washcoat of shellac as the finish is blotchy. I used the same interior design, both the cedar and the sliding drawer. Either way, they all came our very nice and what better present can a dad give his daughter but a shop made Hope Chest. Well done , I hope she loves it.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 02-14-2008 12:56 PM

Very nice. I’m building one for my sister-in-law soon. Like Bob A, mine will be solid boards. However, mine will be loose tenon construction. I hadn’t thought about a till like that for smaller items. THAT is in the plans now, hope you don’t mind being ripped off :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#10 posted 02-14-2008 01:34 PM

oh now beautiful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 02-14-2008 02:56 PM

Really nice chest you built there Sam!

-- --Chuck

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#12 posted 02-14-2008 03:00 PM

Thanks guys! One thing I’m embarrassed to admit is after I had glued up the raised panels I realized that I should have made the raised panels more defined than just a slope as you can see in the first picture. So I thought about it and thought about it and decided to hand-cut the raised panels in place with chisels and scrapers. Learned my lesson. It actually turned out good but I won’t take that route ever again. The process I used was a good woodworking lesson for me but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Bob A
I have another daughter about the same age and she wants one also and it will be walnut. Small world, huh?

-- Sam

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#13 posted 02-14-2008 04:27 PM

Hi Sam;

Great job! Beautiful workmanship.

I’m certain your daughter loves it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Sam Yerardi

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#14 posted 02-14-2008 04:42 PM

Thanks Lee, I appreciate it. Yes, she loves it. Now she wants two end tables for her living room to match it.

-- Sam

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#15 posted 02-14-2008 08:20 PM

Nice chest. I am sure the cedar liner will give it a sweet aroma.

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