Here’s my second hope chest for granddaughter #2. (Three more to build!)
Using my own design, I created a solid oak frame with 1/4” oak ply paneling. The back and bottom are 3/4” birch ply. The sliding drawer is cherry. Notice the document holder built into the underside of the drawer. Unit is on casters for easier mobility. I still like the torsion hingers but hate paying the price for them. She chose a red mahogany stain which is very rich on the oak. Three coats of satin polyurethane gave it depth not shown in the photos.
Rare earth magnets secure the lid and give it a nice touch.
My next chest will be out of cherry lumber I’m milling myself. I also want to use raised panels instead of the 1/4” ply. I want each chest to be one of a kind.