Hope chest, I hope it has a bright future.

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Project by KENVO posted 04-27-2013 10:41 PM 1562 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Hope Chest i made for my best friends little brother. He has always been like a little brother so when we got the invite i knew I wanted to build something special. After much searching I found out that this is a traditional wedding present, to be filled with memories made while married.
Its made from beetle kill pine i bought from the local sawmill. Hard to fine wood with enough of the blue and white marbling. But i got it rough cut and brought it home planed and joined it and got some nice square edges. I laminated the boards together and used a dovetail jig to hold the box and base together. The bottom was simple it was glued into a rabbet and screwed in place. The top was made the same way. I found a complimentary blue felt and spray glued it in. I finished it with four coats of laquer. When it was done i wood burned their new last name and the date of their wedding on to a plaque and screwed it to the front and plugged the holes so they were almost invisible (not pictured).
When i gave it to them I wasn’t sure if they liked it but soon after I overheard the bride and groom telling a guest home much they loved it. A couple moths later the bride posted a pic on fb in its new home and the caption “my favorite wedding present”. It really made me happy, Im fairly new to wood working with only about a year of doing it at this time. At the time it was about 6 months.
Very rewarding project.

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 01:41 AM

Looks awesome….no doubt that it was their favorite wedding gift

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 02:44 AM

the dovetails and the brass are very nice touches. great looking chest!

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 05:19 PM

Very beautiful chest. I would be proud to have given that as a wedding present. I bet it makes you smile knowing you did :) Good job Sir

-- Jay -

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#4 posted 04-28-2013 06:34 PM

Great job beautiful chest.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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