Hope Chest

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Project by Ken Dixon posted 07-17-2013 08:46 PM 1385 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 26 ½” X 14 ½” X 22” (L X W X H) hope chest is made from recycled Ash church pews. The top and side panels are from the seats. The two end panels are from either end of the pew. Carved in the ends is the symbol for the United Church which is where the pews came from. I left the original stain in the carving to let it stand out and as a nod to where the wood came from. Maple is used for the frames. The outside of the chest is finished with a hand rubbed oil varnish mix then several coats of hand rubbed wax. Inside is finished with shellac.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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#1 posted 07-18-2013 12:28 AM

I like every aspect of this chest. The use of the different woods …. the proportional hight of the chest…. the carved ends on the sides…. It even makes me a little nostalgic ….. I think back to the time when I was church alter boy.

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#2 posted 07-18-2013 11:53 AM

A very nice Hope Chest Ken, beautiful wood and the end panels look great….well done…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 07-19-2013 12:06 PM

Very nice chest. I like those straight clean lines

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 07-19-2013 01:51 PM

This is very attractive and a nice job too.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 07-19-2013 08:47 PM

Wow! The recycled wood came out that great. Has very nice design and clean lines. Great build on that lovely chest!

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