Hope Chest

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Project by SnowyRiver posted 06-13-2012 07:13 PM 2061 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a hope chest that I built for my daughters wedding on June 23, 2012.

It measures 48” wide X 19” deep, and 27” high.

The chest is made from hard maple. The bottom of the chest is pine. All joints are mortise and tenon with cherry pins. The tongue and groove floor of the chest is mounted in a dado. I put a trim detail (pictured) in a dado around the bottom of the lid to cover the seam when the lid is closed.

The finish is Minwax oil called “natural.” Its sealed with several coats of Cabot polyurethane.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 06-13-2012 07:26 PM

Very nice craftsmanship. I really like the contrasting pins, and the inside angle detail on the legs softens the design very well.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 06-13-2012 07:37 PM

I look forward to the days my lines match up that well; great looking hope chest I’m sure she’ll love it

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#3 posted 06-13-2012 07:54 PM

Now that’s a real fine looking hope chest. The joinery is certainly in a class of it’s own. The finish of choice will stay fresh & bright for life. Great job! Wally

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#4 posted 06-13-2012 09:37 PM

That is so lovely – I can just imagine how silky smooth it feel – and I love the style. Your daughter is a little spoilt :) Maple is a very beautiful timber – we don’t have it in Oz – the closest thing we would have is hoop pine – tho its grain is a lot more honey colour – Beautiful job!

-- Terina C

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#5 posted 06-13-2012 09:42 PM

Wow Wayne that’s one nice hope chest and a terrific gift and will be a long term family heirloom.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 06-13-2012 10:14 PM

Very nice Wayne, she is sure to love it. I too like the pins.

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#7 posted 06-13-2012 11:22 PM

She is a lucky young Lady and I’m sure she deserves the best and you have certainly provided that here, The design and execution is flawless ! And she will treasure it forever ! Way to go Dad !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#8 posted 06-14-2012 05:02 AM

Very Nice Indeed Wayne (aka Poppa). This is bound to be a Family Heirloom!!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#9 posted 06-14-2012 05:12 AM

Wayne , thats a beautiful chest .the way you build it its going to be admired a long time.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 06-14-2012 07:57 AM

Wayne that is a very nice clean looking chest

It will be treasured.

Best wishes for the wedding


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 06-14-2012 12:26 PM

Wow! I have a daughter too and I know and understand the care and attention and the special hope and love that goes into such a project. You’ve created a peice here for future generations to enjoy as well.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 06-15-2012 01:21 AM

Thanks for all your comments folks. Much appreciated !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 06-15-2012 08:07 AM

Wayne: I’m certain that you’ve shown how much you care for your daughter in many ways, but if you hadn’t, this fine piece will certainly deliver the message. Congratulations!

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#14 posted 07-22-2012 11:58 AM

Hi Wayne,

I missed this when you posted it…great job on a beautiful piece!

I bet your daughter loved it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 10-12-2012 02:27 PM

wow coolio!!!!<3><3><3:):)

-- Amy<3

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