Hope Chest

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Project by GaryK posted 06-25-2007 09:50 PM 4735 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my wife. It’s a solid mahogany panel construction. The top has a 1/8” veneer of bookmatched pommelle sapel. The inside is lined with cedar.

Note: I have since removed the curly maple molding on the bottom edge. At the time I thought it would look cool. Wrong!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 06-25-2007 10:04 PM

The top is stunning Gary, what kind of finish did you use? Did you cut the veneer yourself?

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 06-25-2007 10:14 PM

Nicely done…I agree with Damian…the top is amazing!

-- Bob

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#3 posted 06-25-2007 10:18 PM

Thanks. I tend to use water based poly for most everything. This is satin. Finishing is not something I like to do so I usually take the path of least resistance. Cleanup is so much easier.

I used a water based dye. Mahogany reddish brown, with a little Cardinal Red mixed in. The sapel is natural.
To get the clean edge I had to dye the borders before construction.

Yes, I did cut the veneer myself. I still have 2 1/2 pieces that I am saving for something special.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 06-26-2007 12:48 AM

Wonderful craftsmanship, Gary – beautiful piece!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 06-26-2007 12:52 AM

Great Hope Chest Gary. The cut veneer is stunning. Great job.

-- 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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#6 posted 06-26-2007 08:37 AM

wonderful…you are very skilled!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 06-27-2007 07:46 AM

Very nice Gary. what can I say that has’nt been said . gorgeous. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 06-28-2007 06:04 PM


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#9 posted 06-28-2007 07:38 PM

Nice inside and out!

-- John

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#10 posted 06-29-2007 04:56 AM

Nice project, Gary! Like all of them!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 06-29-2007 06:36 AM

WOW! Gary this is very nice work. I really like the top. Absolutely wonderful. You really struck a chord for me with this project. I am working on some chests myself and must admit they don’t hold a candle to this amazing project. Well done!


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#12 posted 11-15-2007 03:59 PM

Beautiful chest – I’m thinking of building something similar to try some raised panel construction. Quick question though – how did you join the sides? Its tough to tell from the picture but its looks like they’re mitered.
Thanks for the help, keep up the good work.


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#13 posted 11-15-2007 11:57 PM

Jim – No miters. They are just butted together using biscuits. The front and back overlap the sides.

I did that because there was no end grain so I wouldn’t show.

Good luck,

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#14 posted 01-12-2008 11:16 PM

Absolutely beautiful Gary. The more I see on this site, the more I realize how much I can learn from others who enjoy working the wood. Thanks for sharing

-- Jim, Boise ID - Attitude is everything

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