I promised my daughters I would build each one of them a hope chest some day. Well, my oldest is going to help me make hers. This will be her first experience in the shop and my first “real” furniture project.
We’re going to build a slight deviation of the NYWS design. I gave her three choices of wood. I could buy QSWO. I have a pile of Honduran Mahogany that was salvaged from a deck job site. Or I could get a Red Oak timber left from the construction of our house resawn at work. Ever the sentimental one, she chose the Red Oak.
I cut the timber off our land in ‘96 and had a Woodmizer man mill up the lumber, then I built a Timber Frame. Our left over beam was a 14’ 8×8, with some pretty deep checks. I cut it in half and my boss let me bring it in to be resawn in our pallet shop.
Tonight, we had our first night in the shop together, and prepared our first board.
Moisture content is below 6% Here’s the finished board
-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!