Cedar Lined Hope Chest

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Project by Russell Eck posted 08-28-2018 02:05 AM 750 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commission project from a coworker.

He requested a 2’ x 2’ x 4’ foot hope chest for his wife for Christmas.
It was built out of knotty alder and the whole interior is lined with 1/4 inch thick cedar (which was a lot of work to do actually).
He requested that I carve his wife’s name into the top of the lid which I gladly did!
He wanted a very simple chest but I added the walnut border on the lid to give the box some character.

I think design wise I would have preferred to make the box a little shorter, maybe like 1.5 feet high to make the proportion look a little better. The box was finished with Tried and True oil.

Thanks for looking and as always questions, comments, and critiques are always welcome.

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#1 posted 08-28-2018 02:36 AM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 08-31-2018 04:07 PM

Nice job I like the addition of walnut to the top it really makes it pop.

-- Work- helping fill out my workshop but giving me no time to use my toys.

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#3 posted 08-31-2018 04:20 PM

It’s beautiful.

Hope you haven’t created a “Panel of Doom” by failing to allow for wood movement when you attached the end pieces of your border on the top. If you glued it to the entire edge of the panel, the cross grain joint will not allow for expansion and contraction of the panel when the environmental moisture levels change, resulting in stress and possible (likely) cracking…

Good Luck!


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