Hope Chest for Daughter #2 #1: Design approved and construction details planned out....

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 201 days ago 1050 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Daughter #2 has “approved” the design of her hope chest. Here’s my rendered solid model….

I started from the same NYWS that I used for her sisters, but with the following skill builder changes:

1. outside edges will be joined with Lock Miter instead of tongue tenon and groove.
2. rails and styles will be profiled and joined with a cope cut instead of mortise and tenon .
3. panels will be raised and back cut instead of flat.
4. feet will be cut with a taper, instead of curve.
5. name will be CNC routed on top rail as b4
6. wood will be Mahogany (a stack of 44” cut offs left over from a 15 year old deck project and given to a buddy who later painted the house and in turn gave them to me). They are weathered gray from sitting under the deck all those years. but most are straight and all are sound.

The finnish is TBD, but I’d like to try spraying it. The wood has a nice “milk chocolate” color and I’d like to use a finish that highlights the grain and does not darken it.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#1 posted 201 days ago

It’s going to be a nice build, Matt. I like the plan.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 201 days ago

Matt, I have a chest out in the shop now that I started out of eastern cedar. It is a panel design like that. That looks pretty good, I may have to finish it some day…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Mainiac Matt

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#3 posted 201 days ago

For the sake of comparison, here’s the rendered model of the first one I did, which is built and done…

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#4 posted 201 days ago

Well, when do we start? I’m ready to see the progress….. Maybe a video blog???
Good lookin design, Matt

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 201 days ago

I stuck with the NYWS plan, but I wanted my daughter to have a high sense of ownership, so we looked at a lot of images on line and this was the aesthetic style that she chose (and I must say she has good taste).

Again, encouraging her “ownership”, I gave her some options for the raised panel profile….

She chose the Ogee profile and by adapting that to the NYWS geometry (which she wanted to keep) we’ll be making our own “style statement” :^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#6 posted 201 days ago

Great idea getting the Daughter involved. Looks like a great design.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#7 posted 201 days ago

Looks like a great design Matt and really great to involve your daughters in the process…’s all good.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 201 days ago

Sounds like a fun project, Matt. Will the daughter assist?
Have a project coming up using lock miters. My first. Let me know how you do.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 201 days ago

I agree with all above. Looks like a some good memories about to happen in the shop. Look forward to seeing it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 201 days ago

That will be a great chest….
Filled with hope & memories!!!

Looking forward to, seeing the build progress.
I will follow the travails!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 197 days ago

I cant wait for this one.
Keep us tuned in on the progress.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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