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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 2128 days ago 2132 views 14 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys

This is my 5th and last Hope Chest for awhile. This one is for my bride of 24 years. She’s been asking for one of these ever since we got married. Good thing she has a lot of patience! The last two were for my daughters. My bride gets the biggest and best one.

This is solid walnut construction with cherry dovetailed drawers. The bottom of the inside is lined with cedar. Solid brass handles and knobs. Been working on this since my “popped tendon” injury in April.

Finish is shellac washcoat, dark walnut gel stain and three coats of wipe on poly. I’m very happy with this one.

Size is 41” long, 23” deep and 26” tall. Again, I made the ogee bracket feet and coves on the table saw. This was a ton of fun to build. About 80 hours of weekends and evenings.

This design was inspried by The Barnes Blanket Chest earlier this year from Dan Welty. Thanks Dan!

Bob A Sept 10, 2008

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 2128 days ago

Exquisite detail and design! Beautiful job! A wonderful heirloom to pass on. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 2128 days ago

That’s magnificent. It’s so nice to see a hope chest with real drawers instead of applied faux ones. The Mrs. should be happy, and you should be proud.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 2128 days ago

Mr. Bob, This is one more great looking chest. I would really like to learn how to make those feet, cause they really make this piece stand out. Very good build

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

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 2128 days ago

Griff, Thanks,

These legs are very easy to make. Check this out.

-- Bob A in NJ

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Patrick Jaromin

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#5 posted 2128 days ago

This is just beautiful…I’m especially impressed by the finish. Thanks for sharing!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 2128 days ago

Hi Bob;

Now we know where you’ve been hiding.

This is a really first class project, with the workmanship to match.

Also, a great job with the finish.

Very impressive.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 2127 days ago

Bob, this is just an exceptional chest. Beautiful details. I love it!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 2127 days ago

Exceptional craftsmanship, Bob. That chest was certainly worth the wait. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#9 posted 2127 days ago

Bob: A great looking chest.

How’s the tenon coming along.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#10 posted 2127 days ago

That’s an heirloom hope chest, Bob.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#11 posted 2127 days ago

Once again Bob, very nice chest. The finish did really turn out well.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 2127 days ago

That is certainly an heirloom… one that everyone will enjoy for years and years. Great craftsmanship… wonderful job.

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

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#13 posted 2127 days ago

I hope I don’t need to pop a tenon in order to get one made… This is beautiful. Thanks for posting!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#14 posted 2127 days ago

and the bride said….. “worth waiting for”???


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 2127 days ago

Beautiful Hope Chest. A heirloom to be proud of. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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