Cedar lined, Oak Hope Chest

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Project by LarryB posted 04-04-2013 07:20 PM 3059 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 08:17 PM

Great design and great job.

-- Todd

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 09:45 PM

beautiful chest,love the design especially the casters.your grand-daughters will cherish them forever!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 04-05-2013 03:31 AM

That is fantastic. Casters underneath is genius.

-- I never finish anyth

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#4 posted 04-05-2013 08:46 AM

Well done. Building a chest right now for Blondie. I like the bottom of your some great interest. I’m sure she loves it…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 04-05-2013 03:34 PM

Amazing job… My little girl would love one of these…

I like your design… Every time I look at it, something else catches my eye… The integrated rollers on the bottom are a first class touch.

Would you mind sharing any drawings or dimensions?

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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#6 posted 04-08-2013 03:01 PM

A fine looking hope chest! Beautiful design and wood choice. Very lucky grand daughter to have one!

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