Cedar Lined, Engraved Hope Chest

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Project by KnotCurser posted 10-31-2013 12:05 AM 4956 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 10-31-2013 02:49 PM

Very nice chest. Very nice gift.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 10-31-2013 03:16 PM

This is beautiful. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 10-31-2013 05:23 PM

Very nice. I’m sure the daughter will be thrilled and it’s something that can be handed down.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#4 posted 10-31-2013 11:45 PM

An excellent heirloom and beautifully done. I’ll bet the recipient will love filling that box.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#5 posted 10-31-2013 11:51 PM

I really like it. I’m a big fan of reclaimed or the look of reclaimed wood. I’m sure she will love it.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#6 posted 01-02-2014 04:46 PM

What font did you use with your CNC carver? I love this piece.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#7 posted 01-02-2014 05:39 PM


I believe the font is called “ChopinScript” – very elegent.

Thanks for the compliment!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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