Oak Foot Locker

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Project by cracknpop posted 08-23-2015 07:20 PM 2056 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Continuing in my tradition of making hope chest/foot locker for graduation gifts, this one is made of red oak. The design is modeled after an antique sea chest my best friend uses as a coffee table. The top is modeled after one used by LJ schroeder ( ) and is made of 5 panels with tongue and groove joinery. I also added a sliding till modeled after one I had seen in an old tool chest. Half mortise lock and continuous hinge secure the lid.
Had an issue with one of the side panel’s warping ( ), but with patience and extra hands during assembly, it pulled out (praise God). I appreciate all the advice and encouragement of fellow LJ’s which kept me from pitching and starting over.
Finished with Zar’s Teak Natural stain, lacquer seal coat, burnt umber glaze stain, lacquer topcoats, and then rubbed out with paste wax.
Overall dimensions are roughly 16” tall, 19 ½” wide, and 37 ½” long. The till was also made of red oak, 3” x 15 3/8” x 16 3/8”.
The smile on my nephew’s face was the result I was looking for.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#1 posted 08-24-2015 01:14 AM

This has a ton of great construction and will become an heirloom. I like how you have captured the middle panel on top to allow for wood movement. Great build.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#2 posted 08-24-2015 04:35 AM

Your Hope chest gives the recipient hope for the future, strange how we toil for just one smile as a reward.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 08-24-2015 06:04 AM

What a fine looking chest/ foot locker. what did you use as a grain filler????

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#4 posted 08-24-2015 11:28 AM

Thanks for your kind comments.

@ Kiwib0y – “what did you use as a grain filler????”
I prefer the feel of the grain so I do not use any grain filler.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#5 posted 08-24-2015 04:19 PM

“Strange how we toil for just one smile as a reward”. Well said exelectrician.

-- You may not live forever, but you must never say never

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