|Forum topic by Caradec||posted 10-18-2010 10:23 PM||1204 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
10-18-2010 10:23 PM
Hi everyone I’m new here, not too sure about where to post what and such, but this seems like a good place to start.
I don’t have much woodworking experience, and I don’t have many tools, but wood has always interested me. And recently I have been tearing apart an old collapsed barn built in 1814, I have been wanting to use the wood I pull out for furniture and other projects. And I had someone request that I build a hope chest from the wood I have pulled from the barn. I have some 1x’s of various widths that I want to use but I am not sure exactly how to build it. I intend to make it 36” long 24” tall and 24” wide. I want to keep the rustic look without taking the character from the wood. And I’m not sure how to do that.
So I basically have two questions..
Anyone know where I can get some designs for a Hope chest? I can build it without plans I think, but I like to at least have something to go off of (Like I said, I don’t have much woodworking experience)
And two, how can I keep all the old blade marks and little imperfections that give the wood its character while getting rid of the small splinters and such? Keeping the rough hewn look and having the wood (relatively)smooth