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John's Woodshop

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04-04-2012 12:41 PM

Hi All,

My daughter is turning 16 at the end of this year and she wants a hope chest for her 16th birthday from Daddy. I am looking for ideas for the Perfect Hope Chest. I have searched Google and have found nothing that really jumps out at me as something that would make her say WOW Dad, that is awesome. Pics, links, etc…. Would all be appreciated as I gather design ideas for this project.


-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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David Craig

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#1 posted 04-04-2012 12:48 PM

If you are looking for inspiration, this one might help.

Your daughter will be a very happy camper, no matter what you come up with :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 04-04-2012 01:01 PM

I am just about done with this paneled hope chest that I am building for my daughter’s wedding this summer.
Its a fun project if you like mortise and tenon joints. :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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John's Woodshop

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#3 posted 04-04-2012 01:08 PM

Dave and Wayne,

Thanks for those ideas. Keep em coming.


-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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Don W

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#4 posted 04-04-2012 01:46 PM

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 04-04-2012 02:08 PM

Let’s see IF this shows up:

I have two other chests in my project gallery, if you want to take a look…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 04-04-2012 02:15 PM

Here’s one I made for my wife a few years back to provide some inspiration:

Click for details

Good luck, looking forward to see what route you take and how it turns out!

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#7 posted 04-04-2012 03:58 PM

John, just remember to make the insisde cedar and cherry is always good for the outside. No ideas today…..:( Kettle Moraine has had some excellent cherry in common stock lately for 2 bucks a BF!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 04-04-2012 04:07 PM

Search projects on this website and you should get as good of ideas as you could hope for. These are some of the best woodworkers on the planet.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 04-04-2012 05:22 PM

there are dozens of pages of projects that come up when you search “chest” on the projects page… that will keep you busy for a while.

In the end, I wanted to go with a proven and bug free design that many others had built, so I chose the NYWS blanket chest and will modify it slightly for my thicker stock.

I’m blogging about it here....

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

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#10 posted 04-04-2012 09:57 PM

Any project would be good for her.

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Jim Finn

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#11 posted 04-06-2012 08:24 PM

This is what I make of cedar.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#12 posted 04-07-2012 12:57 AM

I built this one a few years ago and i am in the middle of another one.

Plans have good detail

I used cherry…my gradkids will be fight over these some day.


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#13 posted 04-07-2012 01:41 AM

Snowy River, beautiful chest. John, have you asked your daughter what look she likes? I know that when my wife asked me to make a bench for the end of our bed it was a good thing I asked for examples of the look she wanted. What I envisioned and what she was thinking weren’t even close. I can almost guarantee you your daughter has an opinion on the subject. Of course then you’re under pressure to build it “just like the picture”. Just my thoughts…

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#14 posted 04-07-2012 04:09 AM

I like these two, both put out by fine woodworking.

I assume they have them available online through their website. If you can’t find them I should be able to find my copies and mail them out.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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John's Woodshop

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#15 posted 04-07-2012 12:39 PM

Thanks for all the input. I will sit down with my Daughter and show her this thread and see if any of them tickle her fancy.

Thanks again!

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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