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Project by John's Woodshop posted 11-14-2012 03:13 PM 2569 views 15 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

My daughter asked for a hope chest for her 16th Birthday that is coming up in December. I can’t believe I managed to get er done. The wood is some Ambrosia Maple that I got from an ad on another woodworking site a few years back for 40 cents a board foot.

The finish began with a wiping down of the case and lid with mineral spirits, and after that dried, one coat of Zar #117 Honey Maple Oil Based Stain, and then 5 coats of Minwax Wipe on Poly (Clear Gloss).

My Daughter has not seen the finished Hope Chest, but she was involved in all the design decisions, and she picked out the finish. She picked the boards for each panel. This was a lot of fun to build as it was my first attempt at a dovetailed case.

Thanks for looking!
John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"





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#1 posted 11-14-2012 03:27 PM

Great looking chest. Did you cut those dovetails by hand?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 11-14-2012 03:32 PM

Great Job. Nice choice of wood. A daughter can keep a guy busy for years and its so much fun. You two work well together. Thanks for sharing and keep on creating those family heirlooms.

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#3 posted 11-14-2012 03:34 PM

Dan,

I wish I had cut those by hand but alas I did not. I used a jig I got from a Woodworking show in Milwaukee a few years back. You can see it sitting on the counter in the attached pic.

Thanks!
John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#4 posted 11-14-2012 03:35 PM

Thanks Lynn!

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#5 posted 11-14-2012 03:46 PM

That’s a gorgeous piece of work. I love the dovetails too. First attempt? My dovetails still look like they should be on workpieces covered with glue, glitter and macaroni.

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#6 posted 11-14-2012 03:51 PM

madwilliamflint,

The jig did all the work. After cutting a couple of test pieces to dial in the fit, we were good to go.

Thanks!
John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#7 posted 11-14-2012 03:52 PM

Ahh very nice. They looked very different from most jigs I’ve seen, but I could imagine that cutting that many by hand would mean it would be a gift for her 17th birthday

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#8 posted 11-14-2012 03:57 PM

Dan,

Thanks for the good laugh. :) And that’s what I’m talking about, my schedule would not allow me the time to hand cut them. Thought that is a skill I want to learn!

Thanks again,
John

Note: if anyone is interested, that jig is the Peachtree Woodworking Extendable Dovetail Jig.

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#9 posted 11-14-2012 04:07 PM

a beautiful chest, and it will be treasured for a life time I’m sure

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#10 posted 11-14-2012 04:19 PM

John,
By chance did your jig come from Peachtree? I’ve been looking at jigs for a while, trying to find one that I can use bits with guide bearings vice the separate bit/bushing route. Just curious is your jig is the same as what I have been looking at from Peachtree…...

BTW, beautiful work. I have used the ambrosia maple before and like the look.

-Al

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#11 posted 11-14-2012 04:22 PM

Al,

Yes, it is the Peachtree Extendable Dovetail Jig. Here is the Link

Thanks!
John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#12 posted 11-14-2012 04:44 PM

John-beautiful work. Your daughter did a great job picking the boards and finish. Its always fun to have the kids help with projects.

The dovetails look very crisp-I have a Rocker DT jig from 2 Christmas’s ago that I haven’t tried out yet. My daughter will be 12 in Feb-so I have a few years before I need her hope chest (I better get started this weekend).

.40 a board foot ? looks like a great deal to me.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in Holt

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#13 posted 11-14-2012 04:45 PM

Fantastically beautiful!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#14 posted 11-14-2012 04:54 PM

Very very nice ,I know she will love it,who wouldn’t?

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#15 posted 11-14-2012 04:55 PM

Thanks Guys!

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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