Hope Chest

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Project by icemanhank posted 05-27-2021 06:57 AM 1141 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,

I just finished this solid Tasmanian Blackwood hope chest for a customer and I am loving the colours that have popped out of the timber.

The client had an old piece of his own Blackwood he wanted to incorporate so I built it into the centre of the lid with a black stained cedar surround to give some depth.

The side dovetails are machine cut on a Gifkins jig and it was the first time I had used the jig, it was a bit of a juggle due to the size of the sides.

The client also requested the inlay.

The box has a solid cedar base to help stop any creepy crawlies and turned feet in Blackwood which can’t be seen in the pics.

Finish is Danish Oil and wax.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#1 posted 05-27-2021 07:20 AM

Beautiful inlay on top – mastercraftmanship!! I like corners too…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-27-2021 08:26 AM

Well done!

-- Petey

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#3 posted 05-27-2021 12:16 PM

WOW, that is a very attractive chest, David!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 05-27-2021 12:22 PM

Over the top looking hope chest. Great work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 05-27-2021 01:53 PM

Well done, beautiful wood.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 05-27-2021 01:58 PM

Wonderful chest. Love the inlay. Workmanship is outstanding.

-- Ron

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#7 posted 05-27-2021 04:02 PM


great job on the chest. Like the corner joints especially. Never heard of Tasmanian Blackwood before, like it a lot.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#8 posted 05-27-2021 04:14 PM

Most beautiful…. I want one!

-- Mark of Dixie Woodcraft

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#9 posted 05-27-2021 07:04 PM

Really beautiful chest. Great work. :)

-- Tom

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#10 posted 05-27-2021 11:06 PM

Beautiful work, a fantastic chest. I like the lid with the inlay and raised panel, super nice.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#11 posted 05-27-2021 11:11 PM

Beautiful chest! The lid is really cool.

-- Gary -

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#12 posted 05-28-2021 01:38 AM

Great work on the banding and the joinery. I like it all, but I am really drawn to the color and grain of the front and sides.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 05-28-2021 07:52 AM

Absolutely gorgeous Dave.
Good to see your getting some shed time.
How you go with the floods.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#14 posted 05-28-2021 02:51 PM

A beautiful piece

-- OL CHIEF, Florida Panhandle

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#15 posted 06-02-2021 03:58 PM

A great inspiration. I’m designing a much smaller box with dovetail joints for the church’s wireless microphones. I hope it comes out half as good.

-- Tom, East Tennessee

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