I have finished the shell of the hope chest for my daughter. I will now start on the inside fit and finish. I plan to use aromatic cedar for the bottom to give it a cedar chest feel/smell.
My mortise joints on the frame and panels came out good but they will need some fine tuning with a scraper to get them even all the way across.
The plan I am using called for a grove down each leg to receive the tongue on the styles and rails. If I did this again I would use a stop dado instead of a plug for the bottom of the leg where the grove is exposed. I thinks this would have been much cleaner.
-- Darrell, Round Rock