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This is a hope chest I made for my Grand-niece (I am her surrogate "Grand-pa" as both her real grandpa's are deceased). Made of solid quarter-sawed white oak with eastern red cedar lining, and features removable trays, one which has a locking top. Dimensions are 40" long x 20" tall x 18" deep. The cedar panels are removable should someone near to her be allergic to them. The floating panels (all four sides) are book-matched, with the exception of the front horizontal ones, which are book-matched on the opposite side

In keeping with the "tree-cycle" philosophy: The 54" diameter tree this wood came from, which took root in North Carolina about the time of the U.S.A. Civil War (1860's), was split by Hurricane Fran in 1996. It took about 11 years to die, and the owner of the property called a friend of mine who is a sawyer to harvest the wood so that it would not be lost as firewood. He milled it and kiln-dried it, and I was the lucky recipient (purchaser) of about 80 bf of nice lumber. I used about 50bf in this project.

Labor of love, far from perfect, but best I could do with what I have.

Thanks for looking. All critiques/criticisms and suggestions for future improvements in my endeavors are welcomed.

Thanks for looking.

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that is a very nice chest, well done sir..
 

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I hope your niece knows how lucky she is to have you. This is a tremendous gift.
 

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I like the story behind the oak tree. I make chests too and I usually include a letter explaining where the tree came from, its history, ect. Also inside the letter I also include a few seeds from the tree and I tell people to go out and plant the next generation of trees. People seem to like this thought.

I like the design of your chest, the floating panels have a unique look to them. The removable trays are a nice touch. I never heard anyone being allergic to cedar, but I guess some are. I also like the shape of the bottom banding which keeps the chest off of the floor. Overall your chest is pleasing to the eye and is sure to be passed down from generation to generation. I hope you added your brand and date for all the next generations to see.
 

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This is a very beautiful chest that your grand-niece will treasure. It will surely become an heirloom.

Thanks for posting.

L/W
 

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This is one of the nicer chests that I've seen. Your niece is very lucky.
 

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It is super.
I like your added attention to detail of the locking box, important for a young lady.

I like the fact that you have the full history of the tree. It would be nice to put those details and a picture of the tree in the box. I'm sure it will be of future historical interest.
Yours
Jamie
 

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Wonderful hope chest a great design ,beautiful.
 

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Beautiful looking chest. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
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Very very nice indeed.
Sure looks perfect to me!
I'd like to see another pic with how the trays fit inside…

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I love the clean lines and classic look. The drawer inserts are great. If I ever get around to a blanket or hope chest I will steal this idea. My wife has wanted one over 12 or 13 years now, still on the list and seems to be moving down the list.
Good job, BTKS
 

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Thank you for all the kind words. As far as "stealing the idea", anyone here is welcome to duplicate the design. It came out of my head, but was surely influenced by many other's I have seen. By the way, the tray dividers are also removable.

Beings I don't know how to add a picture to the original post, here is one with trays in the chest as requested by Ryan: They sit on the top cedar liner retainer, so do not affect items stored below its bottom edge. The slides/handles (for want of a better term) are screwed on, so they can be removed if the tray is to be used elsewhere or someone wants to place the tray in the bottom of the box.

As far as the wife goes, my niece almost ended up with the cheap store-bought one at the foot of our bed, as LOML really liked this one. Guess I'd better get busy, huh?



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Outstanding , I'm going to build my granddaughter one and you have given me some good ideas. Great job.
 

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Wonderful chest and I'm sure your grand-niece is thrilled with it. You put a lot of thought into the design of this chest - the removable cedar, capability to use the trays separately or in the bottom of the chest. I particularly like the floating panels. You did a wonderful job - you should be very proud!

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Labor of love, far from perfect, but best I could do with what I have.

Truly this is all any of us can hope to aspire to.

Nice chest with a very appealing look. I've built two so far for both mt now grown daughters. I'll have a third to build for my granddaughter in a few years.
 
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