Cedar lined Cherry Hope Chest

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Project by LarryB posted 353 days ago 1539 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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#1 posted 353 days ago

Larry, this is a beautiful piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 353 days ago

Nice work!

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#3 posted 353 days ago

Great job.

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#4 posted 353 days ago

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

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#5 posted 352 days ago

Very nice Hope Chest….excellent.

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#6 posted 352 days ago

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

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#7 posted 352 days ago


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#8 posted 352 days ago

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?

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#9 posted 352 days ago

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

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#10 posted 351 days ago

great looking chest

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#11 posted 351 days ago

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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