Hickory Hope Chest

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Project by WoodenDreams posted 11-30-2019 08:28 PM 2408 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hickory Hope Chest with Aromatic Cedar lining, slide tray and name plate. With many delays and other projects put ahead of this. My customer was able to pick this hickory hope chest up yesterday. It was for their daughters graduation gift.

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#1 posted 11-30-2019 11:04 PM


-- Clark

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#2 posted 11-30-2019 11:36 PM

Wow. Beautiful. What finish did you use?

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#3 posted 12-01-2019 12:26 AM

The inside of lid and chest got a rubbed in coat of natural stain and one coat of Polycrylic before lined with the aromatic cedar, of course the aromatic cedar was left bare. On the outside the hickory got a coat of rubbed in Minmax Natural Stain, and three coats of Minmax Polycrylic Gloss on the sides and lid, then added one coat of Minwax One Coat Polyurethane onto the lid top speed up a nice smooth finish.

Looked better in person than the pictures, My wife loves hickory, so she didn’t really want it to go to the customer.

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#4 posted 12-01-2019 12:56 AM

Flat out excellent. Tell me about those hinge supports.

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#5 posted 12-01-2019 01:56 AM

Didn’t put in the dimensions of the chest, 18”x18”x36”

The Spring lid supports are the ‘National Hardware brand’. Part #’s; left- V1893L, right- V1893R, center- V1893C. they cost about $3.97 each, available at Menards, Lowes, Rockler, etc. With a cedar lid- two will become a soft close lid, for a red oak lid- three will become a soft close lid, when using hickory for a lid- you will need four (right, left, and 2 centers) to make the lid a soft close lid. Differences in the weight of the wood. If you use three on a red oak lid (size 3/4×18x36) the lid can be 2” open and it won’t close until you close it yourself.

If I had put three of these on this hickory lid the lid would have closed slowly, If I had put four of these lid supports on, you can open the lid to any position and it won’t close till you close it.

I can’t see spending $20 per lid support, so I like using these.

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#6 posted 12-01-2019 02:51 AM

Beautiful chest. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 12-01-2019 03:04 PM

Looks awesome!

I love the look of hickory but dread working with it (tough and splintery), I bet that chest weighs a ton 8^)

Great job! (now go make one for your wife 8^)

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#8 posted 12-01-2019 06:07 PM

Very nice chest….I like it a lot…..I’m like splinterman.....I like the looks of hickory, but don’t care too much for working it….It seems tough on the equipment, especially the table saw blade…..!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#9 posted 12-01-2019 09:14 PM

Beautiful, that should be on my list of projects.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 12-02-2019 09:49 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 12-03-2019 12:00 PM

Very nice chest.

-- Wood, it's what runs through my veins.

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