Bridal Chest for my Daughter

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Project by Craftsman on the lake posted 08-07-2014 08:29 PM 2327 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I blogged the build of this chest as I went along. You can pick it up here from the beginning.

My Youngest is getting married in Sept. 2014. Soon, as of this writing…sigh… This chest will have in it a couple of items from the hope chest my wife has that is nostalgic about my daughter from her past.

The chest is made of hard maple with an aromatic cedar lining. It’s sort of a modified shaker design with finger or box joints at the corners and a decorative skirt and cover lip (this part wouldn’t be shaker for sure.). The inside has a sliding tray near the top. The finish is natural, how I like to finish most wood; Polyacrylic in this instance.

The build was a bit of a challenge. Gluing together the large panels and then flattening them by hand as they were too wide for the planer. Then the first time at large finger joints. One slip of the router and the chest suddenly becomes smaller on two sides as I’d have to cut off the damaged joints and start again. I made a temporary, one use, jig to cut the fingers.

This is movie I made for her that is a short DVD that will be placed in the tray inside of the chest. It will play on any computer or DVD player. Hopefully, later on some day she’ll watch it again and smile and remember.

The song is by Stephanie Bentley. If the video doesn’t play for you, you can view it directly here on youtube.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 08-07-2014 08:39 PM

Beautiful chest, a lifetime treasure for sure. Really nice video too, great addition to the heirloom.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 08-07-2014 09:03 PM

That is AWESOME! Great chest that will be filled with new treasured memories.

The video is the best!

Filed away for ideas when my “Baby” grows up.

Thank you for sharing this.


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#3 posted 08-07-2014 10:12 PM

Absolutely beautiful in every way !!! You da man.

Thanks for reminding me that I’m not too old to cry.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 08-07-2014 10:40 PM

Great job on the chest,
and the sentiment expressed in the video.
How can she fail to love it.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#5 posted 08-08-2014 12:52 AM

wow dan, this turned out really good, i love the contrast with the red cedar and the maple, the joinery really gives this the look, i know she will love it…way to go dad…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 08-08-2014 12:54 PM

Looks great, love the joinery. Always looking for ideas to build another chest of my own. One question. How did you attach the cedar? Did you use glue or fasteners?

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#7 posted 08-08-2014 03:56 PM

Great work on this. A real beauty and sure to please your daughter.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 08-08-2014 06:35 PM

Mustang.. I glued and attached it with pin nails. Love my pin nailer. nails are like fine sewing needles. hardly show at all. And they really hold. You can’t pull them out. They have to be broken off a board if the board is removed. The cedar is about 1/4” thick and tongue and grooved so it fits nicely.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 08-10-2014 01:45 PM

chest came out great ,Dan, loved the video and song ,see why she has your heart

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 12-16-2014 01:55 AM

Great chest. Very special

-- Dan, TN

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