Mahogany Hope Chest for my daughter

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 07-07-2017 02:48 PM 1852 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have three daughters and this is my second hope chest build. This one is for daughter #2.

It is constructed from 4’ Mahogany cut-offs salvaged from a 20+ year old deck project by my best buddy some 10 years ago, when he was hired to paint the house and asked “Can you get rid of that pile of scrap lumber under the deck for us?”

Design is a spin off of the NYWS blanket chest, which I re-sized and modified for raised panel construction and mitered corners. The finish consists of three coats of hand padded blond shellac and three coats of satin sheen rattle can lacquer.

If anyone is interested, I blogged about the build here.

There were several personal firsts / skill builder components to this project:
1. First time making raised panels.
2. First time using router bit set for rails and stiles.
3. First time doing long miter joints (connecting the stiles at the 4 corners with an invisible seem).
4. First time padding shellac.
5. First time spraying lacquer.

As you can see, my customer is pretty happy with the project. Little does she know that she holds more than one key in her hand.

Thanks for looking.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 07-07-2017 03:03 PM

Beautiful. Great work, Matt

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 07-07-2017 03:09 PM

realy beautiful work
you are a rich father

-- bambi

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#3 posted 07-07-2017 03:47 PM

For comparison… here’s the first build for daughter #1, made of Red Oak harvested on our property.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#4 posted 07-07-2017 04:16 PM

Very fine work on both the builds and raising three daughters! Congrats on succeeding on all those “firsts” on the build. Your client does look very pleased. I imagine Daughter No. 3 will start planning the design of her own chest now . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 07-07-2017 04:51 PM

Nice job Matt. I guess that’s the best you can expect with scrap lumber. Really, it’s beautiful.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 07-07-2017 05:24 PM

Wow! This is a beautiful piece and you did a wonderful job on this chest.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 07-07-2017 05:26 PM

just as a side note…. note the difference in color and tone of the wood between the indoor incandescent light and the outdoor daylight. It’s actually brown… not orange :^o

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#8 posted 07-07-2017 06:49 PM

Very beautiful

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 07-07-2017 07:07 PM

Beautiful work. That is really quite nice.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#10 posted 07-07-2017 07:20 PM

Very nicely done.

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#11 posted 07-07-2017 07:24 PM

Really turned out great Matt. This is definitely on my need to build list for my daughter….well done.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 07-07-2017 07:34 PM

Matt, that’s really great work.,

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#13 posted 07-07-2017 08:14 PM

Very nice work! I like both versions!

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#14 posted 07-07-2017 09:08 PM

Great job on this!

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#15 posted 07-08-2017 02:05 AM

Beautifully crafted and finished, Matt!

-- God bless, Candy

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