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Project by Tokolosi posted 08-03-2012 06:37 PM 1365 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m calling this a footlocker because if I called it a hope chest or something similiar my 12 year old son, for whom I made this would probably be miffed. Its his birthday in a few days (ok so his technically still 11) and I made him this as a gift. Life is a long journey and I hope through his adventures, happiness and prosperity he will find treasures to keep along the way. And maybe some of those he can store in this chest.

The frame and insert is oak reclaimed from a packing pallet. I had to add store bought sections for the panels. Its trimmed with Bubinga and finished with Danish oil. The interior is lined with aromatic Cedar.

Thank you for looking.

Happy Birthday B. I love you very much son! You are more than any father could ever hope to have in a boy.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien





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wishicoulddothat

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#1 posted 08-03-2012 06:40 PM

Great job! This turned out very nice, and I am sure he is going to love it :-)

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Don W

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#2 posted 08-03-2012 08:27 PM

Very nice. I made both my son’s something very similar when they were about that age. Almost 20 years later they still use them. I’m betting you’ll see the same results.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Kookaburra

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#3 posted 08-03-2012 08:39 PM

More of a treasure chest than a hope chest, eh? This is a great looking case, and I am sure he will use it for years to come. Not so many years until he packs it up and takes it off to college.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 08-03-2012 09:38 PM

very smart and masculine

is there a lock?

-- 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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jaykaypur

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#5 posted 08-03-2012 11:07 PM

Absolutely drop dead beautiful! Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Roger

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#6 posted 08-04-2012 12:23 AM

Very beautiful. Very touching. No matter how old your kids get, they will always be our kids.

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

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SuburbanDon

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#7 posted 08-04-2012 12:29 AM

Nice job.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 08-04-2012 12:53 AM

That is a very nice ‘man chest’ that I’m sure your son will use for many things through the coming years.Can’t tell from the pics ,but some of those brass corner protectors might be a good plan for the bottom corners as they’re liable to get beat up as he takes this with him through life.

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

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dnick

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#9 posted 08-04-2012 03:32 AM

A really nice piece of work. I hope it lasts for generations

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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Tokolosi

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#10 posted 08-04-2012 05:34 AM

Thank you all for the comments.

@ Jamie Speirs: No, no lock. Its something that can be added. Been a teenager. No lock. Yet.

@ gfadvm: great idea. It will be done.

@ Roger: you speak the truth. Amazing how they become your reason for existing.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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TimWood

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#11 posted 08-04-2012 09:56 AM

Great looking chest. Be sure and sign it somewhere because your grandchildren an maybe their grands will use it too. That will get passed down and all will want it.

-- Tim Harrelson

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stillhaveboththumbs

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#12 posted 08-05-2012 07:26 PM

I have three grand kids I have been racking by brain over what to do for them for xmas. thank you for the great idea. Can you provide the dimesions or did I miss them.

-- But I did measure it twice and cut it three time and it still is to short!

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Tokolosi

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#13 posted 08-05-2012 09:36 PM

Of course. Wow, thats a great compliment. Thank you.

The chest is 25” x 13” x 13”.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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stillhaveboththumbs

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#14 posted 03-28-2013 04:22 PM

I got them build over the winter (sorry no pictures). One turned his into his camping gear box. The youngest boy stores his sports gear in his and OH the girl turned hers into a hope chest. The wife is helping her out to fill it. Again thank you for a great project.

-- But I did measure it twice and cut it three time and it still is to short!

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Tokolosi

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#15 posted 03-28-2013 04:46 PM

You are welcome. I am thrilled that something I made inspired someone else. I hope the kids get good use out of them and always remember just who made them with fondness!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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