Hope chest

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Project by Jhoff posted 04-13-2015 08:39 PM 1394 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A hope chest to hold some of my wife’s quilts. The frame and lid are made from beech, while the floating panels are made from ash. The grain pattern in the ash came out awesome. I had the lid laser engraved with a monogram letter H which really makes it pop. It’s abot 36” long, 24” tall, and 22” deep.

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#1 posted 04-13-2015 11:46 PM

Really Nice

Where does one go to get engraving like that?

Also, If you do not mind me being too curious, what price range was the engraving?

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 01:57 AM

Nice design & very nice work; I like it.

My wife has requested that my next project be a blanket chest in a Mission style, and I’m planning frame & panel construction similar to yours. How thick are your panels, and the rails & stiles that they fit into?

Again, very nice work, and I love the ash grain.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#3 posted 04-14-2015 04:27 AM


-- Robert in middle TN

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#4 posted 04-14-2015 09:14 PM

Congradulations. Very nice build. I like the ash too.

-- Ben in Va

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#5 posted 04-14-2015 09:28 PM

The laser engraving was done at the craft store on them military installation I am located at. Cost $35, based upon the number of passes the laser had to make to get the right depth and based upon the size of the object, in this case about 7” diameter. The very very expensive engraving machine can hold up to 2’ by 3’ pieces of wood, metal, glass, etc.

Best bet is to go to a trophy store and see what kind of engraving equipment they have. Due to change over of personnel and retirements, and awards, military installations have excellent resources for this type of work if you have access.

The stiles and and rails are bothe 1” thick and the panels are 1/2”. I modified the plans I got from because of space limitations. My chest only has three panels in the front, plans called for four.

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#6 posted 04-17-2015 02:37 PM

Nice chest. The laser engraving puts it over the top. And the ash really pops.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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