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Project by fred posted 03-30-2007 02:40 AM 3319 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter asked for a blanket/hope chest. I showed her some magazine pictures and she wanted something real simple, sort of minimalist. She also told me it had to be made of cherry.

In a recent “Wood” magazine there was a cedar-lined blank chest. I used the general dimensions of 40” wide, 16” deep and about 20” tall, and followed the article in completing the inside of the chest. I used unmatched cherry (next time I won’t) but I keep telling myself that unmatched cherry makes the project interesting.

The finish is natural Danish Oil. There is no protective poly sealing the finish. I like the look of the oil and the cherry. TIP When installing cedar lining in a chest, do not apply any type of stain, paint, or finish to the lining, inside of the chest, bottom of the lid, tray, and lid contact surfaces. Why? The resins in cedar are similar to those in turpentine, so the oil vapors will soften oil-and water-based stains, paints, and finishes including lacquer, causing clothes and the lid to stick.

You can also see the first article of clothing in the chest.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.





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Max

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#1 posted 03-30-2007 02:44 AM

Very nice, I am sure your daughter loved it. It will be around for generations to come. I do like the first article of clothing in the chest!!!!!!!!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 03-30-2007 02:53 AM

“hope” chest & lumberjocks t-shirt.. hmmmm are you hoping to win the table challenge?? :D

I really like this – to me it looks like something from my great-grandfather’s day. Solid; functional; made with the resources at hand.

Really nice.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 03-30-2007 02:57 AM

Hay Fred is that your daughters shirt. I like it. I like the chest also nice build. Is there just one sliding box at the top?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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fred

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#4 posted 03-30-2007 03:04 AM

Debbie – it is very solid. I will need some help to get it upstairs to my daughters apartment. No, I won’t be entering the table challenge.

Karson – my daughter will not get the shirt, that’s mine. Only one sliding box, however, it is 12” wide and 4” tall so there is some room. I thought of building two sliding boxes, but she would have to take one out each time she put something in the chest.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 03-30-2007 03:05 AM

I’m shocked!! ;)
NOT entering the challenge!!! I can’t believe it

:)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 03-30-2007 03:15 AM

7 Hours work and the table is made. 8 BdF of wood. You have 2 months to get-r-done.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 03-30-2007 03:45 AM

Thanks for the tip Fred, I did not know that. Nice work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 03-30-2007 03:47 AM

I just went back up and looked at it again. The first time I was admiring the dovetailed box. The second time I noticed the shirt. Cheese Eater.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Chip

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#9 posted 03-30-2007 03:57 AM

Sweet piece Fred. I’m sure your daughter loved it. Nicely done. And what a way to show off the T-shirt. Product placement even on Lumberjocks. jeeeesh.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 03-30-2007 04:42 AM

Interesting look with the cherry.

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#11 posted 03-19-2010 05:06 AM

Very nice! Now you can slip over Angeles Crest and teach me. I have 3 teenage grand daughters that want one. :-)) Rand

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