Hope Chest Redux #1: Day 1

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Blog entry by Tommy posted 07-27-2007 08:19 PM 758 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Only weeks after finishing Hope Chest #1 for my first daughter (, Flannery and I (#2) took a trip to Edensaw and picked out the wood for her chest.

Day 1

Originally, she thought she wanted a combo of peruvian walnut and white oak. As we walked through Edensaw, she kept commenting on several beautiful sticks of santos mahogony. In short, the mahogany made it home…the oak didn’t. We’ll see what happens.

Since I do all my milling by hand (planing/jointing), I was excited to start on the PW. In my limited, small scale, experience, it has been a joy to work. Large scale turned out to be quite different. While it is easy on hand tools, more than half the boards were a morasse of wild, back-switching grain.


Were it not for my recent purchase of the Lie-Nielsen low-angle jack plane, the front and back panels of this chest would’ve looked more like the surface of the moon that fine furniture. This said, I just finished surfacing the front and back panels (although they are not cut to size yet) and am sharpening up to begin the mahogany sides.

Front Panel

-- "Will preach for wood."

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#1 posted 07-27-2007 08:41 PM

I can’t imagine the anticipation .. picking out the lumber and knowing that a beautiful chest will be made for me.. wow

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 07-27-2007 11:10 PM

Very nice…she looks very pleased and excited.

Is that the front in the bottom photo…....;)

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 07-27-2007 11:47 PM

Excellent. Great to see all of the hand work. The LN plane is on my wish list. Good to hear your having good results with it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 07-28-2007 04:06 AM

The right tools combined with practiced skills alway produce the right results. Nice work, Tommy.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 07-28-2007 08:17 AM

This is going to be a fun one to follow! Looks great so far!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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