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Large Chest of Memories

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Project by griph0n posted 801 days ago 1188 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine lost his mother rather suddenly recently. His wife phoned to ask if I would build a box for some of her (his mothers) things. They weren’t the sort of things you would put out, or use, but putting them in the basement in a rubbermaid just didn’t seem right.

Although way behind on other stuff, this seemed like a nice project, sorta more than worthwhile.

It was hard to do in one way, and delightfully easy in another. Talking to her was kind of clandestine. It needed to be done by Christmas and he couldn’t know about it. Sort of odd feeling. But they were the perfect people to build for. She wanted a “hope” chest (not really the right name I guess) and that was it.

I sent a few pictures of frame and panel chests and dovetailed chests in different woods, some with tills, some with drawers, some with carving, some with funny curves, a few suggestions about dimensions and finishes…. and was simply told “whatever you’d enjoy making”.

What could be better. Saws and chisels. Planes and spokeshaves. Some rasps and cardscrapers. A little tried and true varnish hand rubbed on the outside. A little shellac flake dissolved in alcohol on the inside. I used hide glue for the first time, lots of time for a busy glue up.

I left it wrapped in a quilt and a tarp on the porch on the night before Christmas.

(but took it back on boxing day for a few more coats of varnish.)





14 comments so far

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a1Jim

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#1 posted 801 days ago

A wonderful chest and a fitting tribute to some one special.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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SkolVikes

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#2 posted 801 days ago

VERY nice. Love the shop too.

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bugz

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#3 posted 801 days ago

A super looking chest, very nice.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 801 days ago

Great looking chest! Your joints are spot on!

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

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Wheathills

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#5 posted 801 days ago

I’d also like to say nice box and nice dovetails.

-- Wheathills, Derbyshire, UK, http://www.wheathills.com

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workerinwood

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#6 posted 801 days ago

Great job, very nice!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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MolokMot

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#7 posted 801 days ago

That is a fantastic job, I really like the idea. Those dovetails are awesome.

-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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doncutlip

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#8 posted 801 days ago

Awesome construction, beautiful chest

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Roger

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#9 posted 801 days ago

a deluxe place to store some memoirs. all the dovetails, very nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Martyroc

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#10 posted 800 days ago

Nice chest, and a noble cause.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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jjw5858

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#11 posted 800 days ago

Just wonderful work on this. Great job and a great cause.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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handyrandyrc

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#12 posted 800 days ago

Just fantastic work. I’d like to do some of these type of chests for my children. Marked as a favorite!

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 800 days ago

That is a wonderful job on this blanket chest. It’s beautiful. They both had to really appreciate what you did.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com/

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Lyn

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#14 posted 799 days ago

Understated elegance. Classic.

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