Walnut Cedar Hope Chest Blanket Trunk

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Project by bigpops0259 posted 07-09-2009 07:59 PM 39099 views 20 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Guys & Gals, Been a while since I was online. I’ve been working in the shop, or at least making dust. I made this as part commission part gift for my niece. She’s going to cooking College. She better learn to cook, so she can make me a good meal. This project took me Three weeks to make. It was my own design. No Print or plans, as if I could follow them anyway. Solid Black Walnut, I ran into beautiful 18” wide clear boards 12’ long and 1 1/4” thick, at 2.00 per ft. I bought it all up to say less. The over all size of the trunk is 22”D x 52”W x 22”H. I cedar lined the bottom. Made locking system to lock drawers with lid closed. All the trims are hand made. She needed, or said to be a pain. She needed something to store her china, for shipping and safe keeping. I made Walnut boxes for Dinner plates, Salad Plates, Cups, Bowls, and two Silverware racks she bought. I made Walnut hinges for all the lids, The boxes were just throw together from resawn scraps. Boxes are 3/8” thick with 1/4” dividers. I box cut all the corner joints at 1/4”. I made my own box cutting jig that I could change from 1/4 to 3/8 to 1/2” box joints, works pretty good, It’s a table saw jig I mount to my Incra miter gauge. I did my first carving in the front of the trunk with her initial. My wife used a hand rubbed Antique Oil, and wax. She likes to be the finishing dept. I like it to. rub rub honey. hope you all like it.

-- Marty Ohio

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#1 posted 07-09-2009 08:39 PM

Very cool. I like your design.

-- Rusty

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#2 posted 07-09-2009 09:01 PM

realy fine chest…carving is done by hand?

-- hrvoje

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#3 posted 07-09-2009 09:04 PM

Beautiful chest and the carving for a first time is excellent. A very special gift.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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Randy Sharp

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#4 posted 07-09-2009 09:39 PM

Marty, a very beautiful project. I really like the pull drawer addition, but the boxes are amazing! The “straps” and pin hinge design is a very elegant addition. The box joinery makes this project an heirloom that will last for generations. The finish is perfect for this piece.

Overall, I believe this project is a lesson in master craftsmanship, worthy of continued accolades.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#5 posted 07-09-2009 09:46 PM

Great chest with all the trimmings.(that’s cooking terminology).

Nice 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 07-09-2009 10:38 PM

Great looking chest and I Love the wooden hinges on the boxes.

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#7 posted 07-09-2009 10:40 PM

yes, the carving is by hand and a dremel with rash bits, use and online carving design the wife found.

-- Marty Ohio

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#8 posted 07-10-2009 12:28 AM

I second Randy’s comments. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!

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#9 posted 07-10-2009 12:34 AM

ooooh beautiful indeed, i love walnut. this is a great project, i love your hinges

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#10 posted 07-10-2009 04:13 AM

Very nice. The design is great . Very very good build Sr.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#11 posted 07-10-2009 05:42 AM

Great build. I love that walnut, it’s beautiful, I can see why we haven’t seen you in a while that is a bunch of boxes. Very nice carving. No one would ever know it was a first unless you told them as you did us!. I really like your overall design, especially the lower drawer faces.

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#12 posted 07-10-2009 02:06 PM

Hey Bigpop,
Now that is one lovely Hope Chest….....outstanding.

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#13 posted 07-10-2009 03:47 PM

Beautiful hope chest. That will be handed down for years with many hopes and dreams.

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

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#14 posted 07-10-2009 05:32 PM

Great looking hope chest! You did a wonerful job on it and all the boxes. I am sure your niece well cherish it for a lfe time. This is one to be proud of! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 07-11-2009 06:36 PM

Very nice. My wife has been after me for sometime to make her one for her Grand mother’s quilts.
Yours gives me a lot of inspiration and ideas. Great looking design.

-- Wade, Nashville,

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