Walnut and Cherry Hope Chest

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Project by rrlumber posted 626 days ago 2644 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Frame and panel hope chest from WOOD magazine a couple of years back. I used walnut for the frame and top and cherry in the panels. I lined the bottom of the inside with cedar. Fun project. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate it about a 6 for difficulty.

-- Darrell, Round Rock

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#1 posted 625 days ago

Beautiful, great job! I really like that

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#2 posted 625 days ago

Very nice! Good clean lines, I like it.

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#3 posted 625 days ago

Very nice job. I like the walnut cherry combination. I built one of those too only with cherry and maple and it was quite an enjoyable project. Well done Darrell.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#4 posted 625 days ago

I like it. it is a good combination put together in a good way.

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#5 posted 625 days ago

Nice looking chest ! It will be interesting to see how the color balance changes over time as the cherry gets darker and the walnut gets lighter.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#7 posted 625 days ago

Very nicely done, looks vaguely familiar : )

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#9 posted 625 days ago

Beautiful looking, great job.

-- Ben from IL

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#10 posted 625 days ago

Looks awesome! Relatively new to the world of woodworking, but this is certainly inspiring.

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#11 posted 625 days ago

Great looking chest…

Are the panels cherry plywood or solid?

I’m working on the NYWS chest for daughter #1 and hope to do this chest for daughter #2…

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#12 posted 625 days ago

Thanks all for the nice comments…

dclark1943 – yes it looks vaguely familiar ;’) very nice job.

ssnvet – the plan calls for 1/4 plywood that is book matched and placed back to back. If I had it to do over again I would change that up and use a solid raised panel instead. It would be more work but I think it would look nicer.

-- Darrell, Round Rock

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#13 posted 624 days ago

very nice. I like the walnut/cherry combination. I’ve done several cherry chests and some maple chests, and one walnutash combination. What finish did you use on the chest?

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#14 posted 624 days ago

Very pretty! Great job

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#15 posted 624 days ago

I used a base coat of shellac and then 3 coats of Waterlux over that for the finish.

-- Darrell, Round Rock

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