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Solid White Oak Hope Chest - a lot of Dovetails

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Project by Jeepin85CJ7 posted 04-26-2019 07:03 PM 830 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think this is one of the projects that I am the proudest of. I milled all of the White Oak from a large 6’ log that a friend gave me. I dried the wood and waited for the day that my Roubo Bench was completed, so I would test my hand cut dovetails. I will say that leading up this this project – I started it just after the Roubo was build, I would go to the shop and purposely cut about 5 dovetails multiple times a week. I wanted to work out the kinks and see what i could perfect and I think I did a good job with it.

I build this off the Plans from a few years back in Popular Woodworking and followed them to the “T” for the most part. The top is made out of Quartersawn Oak, but to add the ‘belt and suspenders’ I wanted to add cleats to ensure that this would never move. For the bottom I shiplapped the bottom into a 3/8” dado all around the bottom, 3/4” off the bottom of the chest case. The plinth is connected with elongated screw holes and hopefully this will stay nice and true for may years to come.

The oak dried for a little over a year and I reserved that tree specifically for this box. I made it for my better half and it turned out to be a nice addition to the living room furniture. I finished it with a Wipe On Poly as that is the one she liked the best and I was surprised how easy that was to finish. I think the grain all over this chest is just beautiful, it makes the piece to me.

Lastly, I used the Rockerl 60lb torsion hinges and they are remarkable – they were prices, but I couldn’t find anything elsewhere that compared. I thought sure they won’t going to take the stress of the top, but they hold it with no problems. They also were super easy to install.

Thanks for taking a look.





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 04-26-2019 07:05 PM

Absolutely a gorgeous piece.

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

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#2 posted 04-27-2019 01:21 AM

Rockler hinges are way too much $$$... but you can’t find them anywhere else. I wanted to do a blanket chest along the same lines…. gotta figure out the dovetails ! Maybe you can stop by ?... I’m buying !

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 04-27-2019 02:17 AM

Sweet bunch of win win wins here. Super Chest, Using a log you made into wood, and all of those DTs.

Winner winner chicken dinner.

“I would go to the shop and purposely cut about 5 dovetails multiple times a week”

Absolutely the best way to learn how to is, do it, do it , and do it some more. Hopefully in rapid succession. After a bit it’s almost muscle memory, but the kind that affects eye, hand, and brain, and makes them work like a team.

Great job, and thanks for posting.

I must have missed the PopWWing that had a DT version. The one that comes to mind is Bob Langs finger joint chest shown on the front page He wrote about an ingenious jig to make large finger joints, on a large piece. I look back at that frequently for a refresher.

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#4 posted 04-27-2019 12:14 PM

Looks great. Log to chest gives a lot more to enjoy. I used the Rockler hinges on toy chest for great grand daughter, like them.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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DeLayne Peck

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#5 posted 04-27-2019 02:22 PM

That is an heirloom that will be enjoyed for generations.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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Jeepin85CJ7

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#6 posted 04-29-2019 05:00 PM

Thank you all for the nice feedback, as for the plans, you are right that it was a finger joint, but I wanted to make this one “special” and put some hard work into it. As for those hinges, i shopped around and they were pricey but i figured for something that should hopefully last a long long time, they are worth it, and i didn’t have any cost into the lumber, thankfully!

thanks everyone for looking.

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#7 posted 09-04-2019 08:08 PM

Thank you for posting the type of hinges you used! I’m working a similar project and was looking through lumberjocks for hinge ideas and yours is perfect! Thank you! You just helped put out a major fire for me (I’m on a deadline and as a hobby woodworker I don’t like deadlines lol)!!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#8 posted 09-04-2019 08:36 PM

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-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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Jeepin85CJ7

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#9 posted 09-10-2019 06:23 PM

Those deadlines are too much of a pain. You will like those hinges. I was just checking the box the other day to see if any of the wood had moved and those hings are really nice and luckily the chest didn’t have any problems with wood movement so far!

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