Krenov Style Hope Chest

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Project by Charles Maxwell posted 08-21-2014 05:50 PM 4729 views 19 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just completed this project for my daughter who will marry in October. It’s my version of a Hope Chest which is a traditional gift from a father to a marrying daughter. I used various types of mahogany woods with ebony (the heart handle) and big leaf figured maple. Those woods were found in garage sale, barn sales etc.. all reused. It’s obviously a Krenov style case-work that I adapted for my personal desires. Those of you who have completed a similar work know that hanging those doors is no simple task, mostly luck! I got lucky with this one. I finished with tung oil and Brix wax and hours of rubbing. That’s all I ever use! Too lazy and I love the results. Off to FedEx now.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#1 posted 08-21-2014 06:02 PM

Good god that thing is beautiful, fantastic work.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 08-21-2014 06:07 PM

What a great piece of work! I’m sure your daughter will always treasure it.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 08-21-2014 06:14 PM

What a beautiful heirloom! You made master Krenov proud.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#4 posted 08-21-2014 06:27 PM

what a grand surprise this will be to your daughter, this is something that very few children get from there father, she is blessed indeed, this is so beautiful, i love your wood choices and the doors are perfect, i usually make some shims for each side and they carefully scribe where the hinges lay and then use them when i actually go to set the doors, it works really well, its good to see you posting your work, well done….grizz

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

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#5 posted 08-21-2014 06:41 PM

Charles, do you have a front picture just to see the way you supported the cabinet over the pedestal? I am working on a Krenov cabinet myself and still looking at different options for doing this. Beautiful cabinet, sits perfectly on the pedestal.

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#6 posted 08-21-2014 06:44 PM

Beautiful piece.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 08-21-2014 07:06 PM

You know you have a special piece when it can look just as beautiful from the back as it does from the front.
Well done!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 08-21-2014 08:07 PM

For Mario: I don’t have any other pics at the moment. I try to post more later.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#9 posted 08-21-2014 08:14 PM

For Mario: here’s a pic that should help describe the mounting of the case to the apron frame.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#10 posted 08-21-2014 08:25 PM

beautiful peice

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#11 posted 08-21-2014 08:58 PM

Well Done! I really like the wood combination.

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#12 posted 08-21-2014 09:17 PM

That will do, thanks a lot Charles!

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#13 posted 08-21-2014 10:47 PM

Nailed it!!! Beautiful work

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#14 posted 08-21-2014 11:25 PM

Absolutely beautiful!

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#15 posted 08-22-2014 12:17 AM

Wow, that is a beautiful hope chest! The wood species really work well together! I’m sure your daughter is just going to love it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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