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Project by cracknpop posted 689 days ago 2876 views 23 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a walnut and quarter sawn sycamore hope chest I designed and built for my niece as a graduation gift. Having typically worked almost exclusively with red oak, I wanted to try something different. It is a rail and stile, flat panel construction with lock miter corner joints. Solid walnut top. Finished with an initial coat of tung oil rubbed in by hand and top coated with satin lacquer, sprayed 3 coats with light sanding in between each coat. Used 3 60# Lid-Stay Torsion hinges from Rockler which hold the top almost too well.

The center stiles created a bit of a challenge due to the arc in the top rail. I was able to cut the top of the stile on the miter saw, rout and then lightly sand to final fit. I wanted to be able to cut the arc in the rails in one set up rather than use bandsaw and flush router trim. The last picture shows the set up I made to use my palm router and straight upspiral bit to cut the arc in the end rails. Used the same set up for the longer front/back rails only with a much longer board (over 87” radius). Worked nicely, just as I expected.

I send out special thanks to LumberJocks sandhill, Wood-Mizer LT15, reedwood, and GrandpaLen for your thoughts and advice on my original design.

Feel free to share your thoughts… while I am quite pleased with the end result, I know I still have a lot to learn. Now to load it up and drive 12 hours to personally deliver it to my niece.

-- Rick





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 689 days ago

Beautiful chest, really like the wood combo.

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Mark Shultz

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#2 posted 689 days ago

I’d be interested in knowing the various dimensions you have running through the piece. I really like the design and may try a variant of it when i find the time.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 688 days ago

Great job.

Very good workmanship.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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TomTinkerSum

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#4 posted 688 days ago

Beautiful chest!! Thanks for sharing how you overcame obstacle of the great arch.

-- If a woodchuck could chuck wood, he's probably not a Lumberjock --

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 688 days ago

Very cool design , great wood and a super build.

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 688 days ago

Great job, really like the colors of this and the soft curves on the rails.

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

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Granddaddy1

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#7 posted 688 days ago

Beautiful! I really like the wood combination, and your design is great.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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cracknpop

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#8 posted 688 days ago

Thank you for your kind comments.

Mark, regarding the dimensions, if you use Sketch-up, I would be willing to send you the file.

-- Rick

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Nselimis

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#9 posted 688 days ago

I love the look of this chest (its been on the hony to do list for a while) if you could share the sketch-up file that would be awsome!

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exelectrician

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#10 posted 688 days ago

The level of accuracy in this piece is an example for all of us to follow. Thr selection of wood is superb.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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spunwood

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#11 posted 688 days ago

ooooooh.

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 688 days ago

Great wood combination, design, and craftsmanship!

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

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Beginningwoodworker

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#13 posted 688 days ago

Beautiful hope chest!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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chrisstef

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#14 posted 688 days ago

Im really into the QS Sycamore. Very very nice project.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 688 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! The curves make it unique and the combination of qs sycamore and walnut is perfect. You did an outstanding job on this piece and she will treasure it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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