Hope Chest

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Project by baldeaglebaby posted 12-05-2011 06:53 AM 6680 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an oak hope chest I built for my new neice coming later this month. I got the plans from Fine WoodWorking and modified them like we all like to do. Most of the oak is recycled from a pallet I got from work(the oak top and oak plywood panels are the exceptions). I used torsion hinges from Woodcraft so no fingers could get hurt. The finish is water based stain and water based poly sprayed on with my hvlp. This is my first time with water based poly and I am very impressed. The dry times were much faster than with oil based, even in my cold garage.

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#1 posted 12-05-2011 01:05 PM

Very nice work…..make sure you stop by when your neice is around 18-months…..those hinges will provide much entertainment. I remember my daughter opening the lid on her oak toybox, you would have thought she was a powerlifter with all the grunting…..but no smashed fingers!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#2 posted 12-05-2011 02:19 PM

It’s a beautiful chest and a nice simple design. I like it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 12-05-2011 03:24 PM

very nice design, and very nicely done. gr8 dovetails and panels. I like the way you did the legs, and “easing” all the edges, nice touch. your Niece will be touched

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

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#4 posted 12-05-2011 03:53 PM

Great work, Love the lines on this very soft looking. Nice score makig alot if this from a pallet as well. Did you use Enduo Varnish from General Finishes? I’m sure she loved it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 12-06-2011 01:59 AM

Great Lookin Chest

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 12-08-2011 07:18 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. Ken90712, I used Varathane poly. thinned at about 1 part water, 2 parts poly. Sprayed about 8 thin coats every hour and the garage was about 58 degrees at the time. Dries much faster then oil based poly.

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#7 posted 12-08-2011 07:21 AM

Great job. I’ve strayed away from the water-based poly but have actually always had good results in the past.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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