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Hope Chest for Daughter #2 #23: Interior done finish started

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 02-25-2017 07:46 PM 846 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 22: Corners glued up and first frame glued up. Part 23 of Hope Chest for Daughter #2 series Part 24: Padding Shellac »

Pine cleats glued and screwed. Plywood bottom installed, and cedar liner glued in…

Finish sanded one side and padded three coats of shellac.

It took me a while to find the lid stays I purchased long ago… The package says this is antique brass… But it looks dull black. I’m not crazy about it

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam



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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-25-2017 08:10 PM

Great job on the chest. I have used the same lid lifts before. Not a big fan of them.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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CFrye

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#2 posted 02-25-2017 09:50 PM

Making good progress, Matt! Um, looks like black to me too.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 02-26-2017 05:22 PM

Definitely did a lot of thought into this piece

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Mean_Dean

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#4 posted 02-27-2017 12:17 AM

Definitely on the home stretch, Matt!

I like the idea of cedar boards to keep things smelling nice, but am curious how you accommodated wood movement. Wouldn’t want her to hear a loud bang in the middle of the night!

I’m intrigued by padding of shellac, would you mind sharing what it’s all about?

And those hinges don’t look like brass to me, either—corroded?

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 02-27-2017 01:25 AM

Hey Dean,

The plywood bottom is probably the biggest concern for resisting wood movement, as it is glued and screwed yo the pine 1×1 perimeter cleats. But it does have 1/16” gap all around it. There’s also 1/32” all around the cedar, though it doesn’t show in the pics. All the Mahogany and The Cedar is bone dry, so summer expansion is the greatest concern. The raised panels are all floating with 1/8” gap all around, and the gap has little foam blocks to keep the panel centered,,, though when I glued up the frames, some of the glue squeezed out around the panels making them somewhat fixed in those spots. I’m finishing all the surfaces inside and out with Shellac, so hopefully that will slow any moisture issues.

But in all honesty, the first hope chest I made for daughter #1 did develope a couple small cracks :^(

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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Mean_Dean

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#6 posted 02-27-2017 02:36 AM

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But in all honesty, the first hope chest I made for daughter #1 did develope a couple small cracks :^(

- Mainiac Matt

Yeah, you’ve definitely go to account for wood movement.

Even in the most unexpected places…....

A few years ago, on one of This Old House’s home projects, they had previously helped build a timber frame home, and during this newer project, Kevin O’Connor went to visit the previous project. The homeowners told him, that as the timbers dried out—and cracked—it sounded like gunshots going off in the house….....!

I always worry when I see woodworkers use solid wood panels, since it makes me wonder if they accounted for wood movement. I’d hate to see a beautiful project ruined because of it.

Anyway, keep up the good work on this project, and I’ll stop in from time to time to see how it’s going!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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Roger

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#7 posted 02-27-2017 01:06 PM

Very nice looking chest

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