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Cedar lined Cherry Hope Chest

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Project by LarryB posted 09-03-2013 07:01 PM 1630 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished my third hope chest for granddaughter #3. (two more to go!).
This was my first experience doing stile & rail with raised panels. Georgian cherry gel stain worked out well. My first use of solid cherry I milled myself. Tree coats of polyurethane (four on the lid) for durability. I hate paying the price for the torsion hinges but they work so well with a heavy lid. I put these on castors for easy mobility.





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 09-03-2013 07:17 PM

Larry, this is a beautiful piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#2 posted 09-03-2013 09:14 PM

Nice work!

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 09:47 PM

Great job.

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#4 posted 09-04-2013 12:20 AM

I like your finishing method: Tree coats of polyurethane. Seems appropriate!

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#5 posted 09-04-2013 11:45 AM

Very nice Hope Chest….excellent.

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#6 posted 09-04-2013 11:58 AM

Beautiful chest, you do great work. Your granddaughter will cherish this for a long – long time.

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#7 posted 09-04-2013 01:01 PM

Nice…!

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#8 posted 09-04-2013 03:50 PM

Looks like you got the finish to come out just right. Did you have to use a pre-stain conditioner, or shellac before stain? Also, what brand of gel stain are you using?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 09-04-2013 09:18 PM

That is some fine wood project! Looks great as always.

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#10 posted 09-05-2013 09:47 PM

great looking chest

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LarryB

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#11 posted 09-06-2013 01:40 AM

Thank you everyone for the comments.
Willie, about the finish: I was tempted to use a conditioner but didn’t. I love the natural ‘character’ in the wood and was fortunate to avoid mottling / blotches. The gel-stain was a General Finishes product.

I was cautioned about the ‘gel’ but had read positive things about it’s use, so decided to go for it. Risky, isn’t it? To spend that much time and effort on a project and getting to the point that a finish can either make it or break it.

I know to be safe I ought to do some trial runs on finish work on scraps, but had just run out of time on this chest.

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