Cedar Hope Chest using Reclaimed Wood

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-02-2014 03:21 PM 5308 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a month and a half ago, I finished and presented a hope chest using all reclaimed wood to a family who gave it to their daughter for her 18th birthday.

A few days after that I was contacted by one of their friends who wanted me to build an exact duplicate for the same reason!

This one went a tad easier as I already have all the dimensions and knew what to do and what not to do in the process – like waiting until after the chest has been stained and finished before I lined it with the cedar (no taping needed!)

This looks pretty much like the first one – all reclaimed poplar from palettes with a cedar lining.

I used my CNC Router to do most of the carving in the lid and finished with some chisels and carving tools.

I used a combo of darker stains and dark gray latex paint to get the aged look I was after, then sealed it with a thinned wipe-on poly. After drying, I finished it with four coats of shellac applied with my HVLP Gun.

The chest was picked up yesterday and the new owner seemed pleased with it – that’s what matters the most!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 03:27 PM

Beautiful job, Bob.

-- ~Julie~

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 04:05 PM

Nice one Bob.
Good combo of standard tools and CNC.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 04:12 PM

Very handsome.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 05:33 PM

Good point, Steve!

I think I have simply added my CNC Router to my list of tools – not any more or less special than any other. If I can do the job better/faster/safer with the CNC then I’ll use it.

I most certainly still use my hand carving tools and chisels and most certainly my scroll-saw though!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#5 posted 01-02-2014 06:25 PM

That looks great! I’m sure they were thrilled with it.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#6 posted 01-02-2014 09:17 PM

Great job, the carving detail makes it very special

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 01:45 AM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 01-03-2014 01:53 AM

Great job. That chest looks like it has been passed down through many generations already.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 01-03-2014 02:43 AM

Wow, this is really cool. Love the craftsmanship and design. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 01-03-2014 01:15 PM

Really nice job and great idea. I am sure these chests will be appreciated for a long time and handed down many generations.

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#11 posted 01-03-2014 01:30 PM

Very nicely done. I really like the hardware you used.

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

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#12 posted 01-03-2014 04:25 PM

What kind of CNC machine do you have, think about getting the Shark…but pretty big investment for me, so on the fence. Any thoughts?

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#13 posted 01-03-2014 05:03 PM


I own the Oliver Intellicarve 1013 and absolutely LOVE it.

Like any tool that does a lot of things, it has a learning curve. The work it can do is fantastic.

Yup, they are a rather large investment – I think I paid right around two thousand for mine, but I had this commissioned job that mostly paid for the machine all in one shot. It’s nice when that happens, eh? ;-)

I really can’t tell you which machine is better as I only have one frame of reference, but I did hear lots of good stories about the shark as well.

I am just hoping the get a REALLY nice paying job that requires a laser cutter – now that would be sweeeeeet.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#14 posted 01-03-2014 05:05 PM

Great job.

I love to see wood used/loved a second time around.

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#15 posted 01-03-2014 05:26 PM

Great reuse of wood, nice build.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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