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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 09-11-2008 02:31 AM 2959 views 16 times favorited 24 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 09-11-2008 02:47 AM

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 09-11-2008 03:02 AM

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 09-11-2008 03:04 AM

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 09-11-2008 03:07 AM

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 09-11-2008 03:30 AM

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 09-11-2008 03:47 AM

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 09-11-2008 04:47 AM

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

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

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#8 posted 09-11-2008 04:51 AM

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 09-11-2008 04:51 AM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 09-11-2008 06:35 AM

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 09-11-2008 04:08 PM

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 09-11-2008 04:25 PM

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 09-11-2008 04:47 PM

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 09-11-2008 04:50 PM

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


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 09-11-2008 06:07 PM

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

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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