Hope/Blanket Chest, Large, Oak

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Project by Hoovedawg posted 2291 days ago 3025 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed towards end of ‘07. My final project for college(PA College of Technology).

Solid Red Oak, Aromatic Red Cedar lined, Brass Hardware, Mortise and Tenon/Raised Panel construction… all around, Solid Bracket Feet across the front and on the sides, Two Drawers hand dovetailed, Solid Top with Breadboard Ends/Through Tenons, Fluted Corner Appliqués and Moldings, Sanding Sealer/Cherry Stain/Wipe-On Poly….

We were required to think up, design/draw, dimension, and build anything we wanted limited only to the Bd. Ft. of lumber we used. I went over the allowable limit of lumber, probably twicefold… making it hard for me to complete the project in the time allowed. ...I did eventually complete it after graduation at home, and I think it turned out well(considering having designed and custom made everything from scratch in a hurry).


-- Andrew, from the wonderfully wooded state of Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 2291 days ago

That is a finals project you can be very proud of!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 2291 days ago

I like the design of your hope chest very much- so much that i made it a favorite. i really like the drawers in the bottom. I have to build a hope chest for my granddaughter. I will probably use your design with a few minor changes.
By the way, i was born and raised on a farm outside of Portage, Pa. have lived in WVa. since 1962.
Great work! Keep it up.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#3 posted 2291 days ago


I don’t know about your final grade but you get an A in my book. This is a gorgeous piece. The drawers add a unique element to the piece. Your finish looks good and I really like the overall design of the piece.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#4 posted 2291 days ago

Hi Andrew

Great looking hope chest. You did a nice job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 2291 days ago

That’s a fantastic job. The drawers and bracket feet are great!

-- 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 2291 days ago

There is nothing like a nice piece of oak & you have really done it justice. Great job Hoove.

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

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#7 posted 2291 days ago

Great looking peice, nice finish also. Thanks for the post. looks like an A to me.

-- Hope Never fails

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#8 posted 2291 days ago

Great job! I love oak, but I can imagine it weighs a ton!

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

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#9 posted 2291 days ago

Very nice. I love the use of grain.

-- He said wood...

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#10 posted 2291 days ago

Very nice. I like the through tenons on the breadboard edge. I haven’t seen that before. As they say the devil is in the details, there are a lot of details here. thanks for sharing. So you don’t just grab the handles and go? I know what you mean about going overboard with the size. I built my niece one out of solid cherry a few years back; it is all you want to lift when it is empty… btw welcome to LJs. looking forward to seeing more of your work.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#11 posted 2291 days ago

Beautiful. This is a fine display of good wood and great craftsmanship.

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#12 posted 2290 days ago

this is outstanding!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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