Large Chest of Memories

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Project by griph0n posted 02-08-2012 03:23 AM 1842 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine lost his mother rather suddenly recently. His wife phoned to ask if I would build a box for some of her (his mothers) things. They weren’t the sort of things you would put out, or use, but putting them in the basement in a rubbermaid just didn’t seem right.

Although way behind on other stuff, this seemed like a nice project, sorta more than worthwhile.

It was hard to do in one way, and delightfully easy in another. Talking to her was kind of clandestine. It needed to be done by Christmas and he couldn’t know about it. Sort of odd feeling. But they were the perfect people to build for. She wanted a “hope” chest (not really the right name I guess) and that was it.

I sent a few pictures of frame and panel chests and dovetailed chests in different woods, some with tills, some with drawers, some with carving, some with funny curves, a few suggestions about dimensions and finishes…. and was simply told “whatever you’d enjoy making”.

What could be better. Saws and chisels. Planes and spokeshaves. Some rasps and cardscrapers. A little tried and true varnish hand rubbed on the outside. A little shellac flake dissolved in alcohol on the inside. I used hide glue for the first time, lots of time for a busy glue up.

I left it wrapped in a quilt and a tarp on the porch on the night before Christmas.

(but took it back on boxing day for a few more coats of varnish.)

14 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-08-2012 03:26 AM

A wonderful chest and a fitting tribute to some one special.

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#2 posted 02-08-2012 03:42 AM

VERY nice. Love the shop too.

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#3 posted 02-08-2012 03:51 AM

A super looking chest, very nice.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 02-08-2012 10:23 AM

Great looking chest! Your joints are spot on!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 11:22 AM

I’d also like to say nice box and nice dovetails.

-- Wheathills, Derbyshire, UK,

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#6 posted 02-08-2012 01:03 PM

Great job, very nice!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 02-08-2012 09:50 PM

That is a fantastic job, I really like the idea. Those dovetails are awesome.

-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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#8 posted 02-08-2012 11:44 PM

Awesome construction, beautiful chest

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#9 posted 02-09-2012 12:06 AM

a deluxe place to store some memoirs. all the dovetails, very nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 02-09-2012 02:59 AM

Nice chest, and a noble cause.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#11 posted 02-09-2012 03:31 AM

Just wonderful work on this. Great job and a great cause.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#12 posted 02-09-2012 04:54 PM

Just fantastic work. I’d like to do some of these type of chests for my children. Marked as a favorite!

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#13 posted 02-09-2012 05:45 PM

That is a wonderful job on this blanket chest. It’s beautiful. They both had to really appreciate what you did.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 02-10-2012 04:12 AM

Understated elegance. Classic.

-- Ben in Va

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