Hope Chest

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Project by Davesfunwoodworking posted 08-14-2008 03:57 AM 2567 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I needed a project for the last week. So here is what I came up with. It goes with the tea table. Its a hope chest for my daughter. I am adding alot of pictures so you can see how I did it. Have fun. Thanks for leaving feed back. This is after I hand cut all the dove tails and put the box together.

Here I have made some Queen Ann legs but made them on a small scale.

After getting the legs done, I needed to make a top So I thought about a flat top but wanted something curved. This was don in a few steps as I made the frame first.

Then I used some 1/4 inch plywood and bent it over the frame.

After that I had some Walnut burl veneer left over from the tea table so I used it for the top. I veneered it to the top of the ply wood. I used my veneer press on it.

After I had that done I glue up and veneered a nother piece of plywood for the inside lid.

I used some Walnut and made my own veneer. After that I glued it to the bottom of the lid.

After I was done with that I added a sides all the way around the lid.
Then with lots of sanding, I was ready for the finish. So here it is all finished up.

Then I put 5 coats of poly hand rub on it.

So there it is I had alot of fun making this. I really learned a lot on this one.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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#1 posted 08-14-2008 04:01 AM

Dang that’s nice! Great job on the dovetails & legs.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#2 posted 08-14-2008 04:21 AM

That is really beautiful! great work! I bet your daughter loves it!

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#3 posted 08-14-2008 04:31 AM

Beautiful, I really like the legs. I`v never made any queen ann legs but I plan too soon. Very good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#5 posted 08-14-2008 04:36 AM

OOOHHH my goodness, that is a nice chest.
I think the lid is fantastic.
When you said you added sides all the way around-Did you mean that you veneered the sides all the way around ???

thanks for posting

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#6 posted 08-14-2008 04:52 AM

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful… very nice work…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 08-14-2008 04:54 AM

WOW that burl is b e a utiful!!

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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#8 posted 08-14-2008 05:02 AM

Beautiful hope chest. I really like the top. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 08-14-2008 05:22 AM

very cool , nice job.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#10 posted 08-14-2008 05:23 AM

Beautiful work, that is a great looking chest.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#11 posted 08-14-2008 07:03 AM

One great looking chest. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thank you for posting.

god Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 08-14-2008 08:27 AM

Daveintexas, No i did not veneer the sides. They are 1/4 inch pieces of walnut, added to the sides of the top. So I had enough room on the bottom and the top to hide the plywood and veneer. So I made the top 1/4 smaller all the way around then with the 1/4 inch sides added the top fit all thge way to the outsides of the box. Thanks to every one who left feedback. Thanks for all the kind words. Dave

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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#13 posted 08-14-2008 10:59 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#14 posted 08-14-2008 12:22 PM

I know why they call it a hope chest. We all hope to make one that nice some day

-- making sawdust....

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#15 posted 08-20-2008 12:49 PM

excellent work. I notice you have a vaccume press. I work at a hospital and was able to get a very nice vaccume pump that was taken out of service. I need to get bags. Where did you get yours?

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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