Hope Chest - Aromatic Cedar

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Project by JerryinCreek posted 08-10-2018 09:03 PM 1214 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned to build a Hope Chest out of aromatic cedar. The owner will be giving it to his daughter on her birthday this September. I purchased plans from Rocker which recommended some fairly crude construction methods, but I was more interested in having the dimensions for this type of chest. After selecting the finist boards I could find I filled all knot voids with epoxy. Instead of using rabbet joints, I made my miters using the Infinity Lapped Miter Joint router bits. I joined the individual boards into panels using Festool Dominos. To hold the bottom support pieces and the trim pieces until the glue dried, I nailed them in place from inside the box to avoid nail holes in the faces. The handles are hefty brass and spring loaded (so they never hang out). They are mounted using T-nuts. Everything was sanded to 320. I sprayed two coats of gloss water borne polyurethane and one coat of satin. Once it cured I hand-rubbed the entire piece with 220 steel wool.

Aromatic Cedar? My shop has never smelled so good! Thanks for looking!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#1 posted 08-10-2018 09:06 PM

Another beautiful project. I hope you were paid sufficiently.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 08-10-2018 09:37 PM

Nice looking chest. Either Wisconsin has a wealth of aromatic cedar, or you spent a long time sourcing that wood. I haven’t seen anything 5” wide for a long time.

I do bet your shop smells great, wonderful stuff.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 08-10-2018 10:08 PM

It was from a very small, very old lumberyard and I had to climb into an upper bunk to get at it. I pulled almost all of it out and selected the finest. One board had “02” on it. I’m assuming it was cut in that year.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#4 posted 08-11-2018 02:28 AM

Great looking chest. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 08-11-2018 01:00 PM

Sharp looking project, sure to become a family heirloom!!

-- Jim

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#6 posted 08-11-2018 10:24 PM

That is great. My wife had an old Lane 951 that was in pretty rickety shape that I reworked several years ago. Looked a lot like that plan. yours should last several lifetimes.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#7 posted 08-15-2018 06:22 PM

Wow, very kewl, I bet it smells awesome

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 08-16-2018 01:44 AM

Hey Jer,

You did it again. Beautiful sturdy legacy piece. Bet the shop smells great!

-- Don, Silver City, If you always do what what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.

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