|Project by KnotCurser||posted 10-31-2013 12:05 AM||2179 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
This was created on commission from a co-worker and good friend to be given to his daughter for her 18th Birthday.
His wife and daughter love the “Reclaimed Look” and found a picture on the internet (where else?) of a hope chest made entirely out of palette pieces. They wanted to know if I could create a duplicate of it.
What I saw online didn’t impress me much as the upright slats were simply nailed to the horizontals – they looked as if they could be easily broken. The one I designed, while still 100% palette, used inset panels for all four sides and much thicker horizontal pieces.
Oh yeah, they also wanted an engraving on the lid – My CNC had no problems with that order. Just had to remember to engrave the slat prior to attaching it to the lid! :-)
Oh yeah, they also wanted it lined in cedar – OK, that wasn’t much of an extra effort either.
The stain I applied along with the tung oil certainly made that rough poplar look like walnut! A couple of coats of wipe-on poly and she was all done! I left enough of the chest rough-hewn to still give it the look they wanted.
Overall, the chest measures 46” long, 18” Deep and 18” high. It’s a heavy one!
Pic 6 shows proof that this was indeed made from poplar palette pieces!
One tip I learned from this build – stain and finish the piece BEFORE you line it with cedar! I lined it first and had a BUNCH of taping to do. Live and learn.
The parents both love the chest – I will have to wait another month or so before it’s given to the daughter.
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