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  1. Hope Chest - My first 'real' woodworking project

    Here's the Hope Chest that I've been working on for the last several weeks for my girlfriend. Like the title says, this is the first real woodworking project that I've made. I've tinkered around a little in the past, but never made anything of substance. I never made any raised panels before...
  2. Raised Panel Hope Chest

    A solid poplar raised panel hope chest built for a client. Rails,stiles and the top are all 8/4, so this is built like a tank. Two tone finish leaving the natural wood on the inside. Three step finish process-custom transtint dye followed by 2 coats of orange shellac topped off with G.F. Top Coat.
  3. Mahogany Hope Chest for my daughter

    I have three daughters and this is my second hope chest build. This one is for daughter #2. It is constructed from 4' Mahogany cut-offs salvaged from a 20+ year old deck project by my best buddy some 10 years ago, when he was hired to paint the house and asked "Can you get rid of that pile of...
  4. Katie's graduation Hope Chest

    My niece graduated High School and she wanted her Uncle to make a hope chest. I used the plans from Jay Bates half lap hope chest for the frame using 2×4's and half laps. It is VERY sturdy. I covered it with 3/4" plywood and the top is 2×4's also distressed to look like barn wood. Thanks for...
  5. Steamer Trunk ~ for traveling the High Seas ~ back in the day

    This style of trunk was used back in the days before airplane travel was common and people traveled on cruise ships such as the Queen Mary (and the Titanic) for their vacations that could last up to 6 months or more. So they carried everything neatly packed in large wooden trunks. The...
  6. NYWS Blanket Chest with a couple twists

    Norm Abram's New Yankee Workshop Blanket (Hope) Chest seems to be a very popular project for new woodworkers. I've been making saw dust for a few years, but this is my first furniture project. I started it as a gift for my daughter, but then she said she wanted to do it with me. I had a...
  7. Blanket (Hope) Chest

    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...
  8. African Walnut and Cherry Hope Chest for my wife.

    Hi All, It's been awhile since I posted. This was my first project working with rough cut lumber, and I absolutely loved it. This came from a woodworking plan with a few personal tweaks / improvements (to be honest inspired to creatively fix my goofs). It has danish oil on the main body, and...
  9. Blanket chest

    I made two as a trade for some sapphire earrings for my wife. She almost opted to keep the chests instead, but in the end (as usual) the jewelry won out.
  10. birch blanket chest

    I made this for a wedding present for a close friend. I vaguely followed the plans from Eagle Lake Woodworking although I did the base differently, used box instead of dovetail joints, used individual boards instead of plywood for the bottom and did the top out of two instead of one piece of...
  11. Hope Chest

    First I must say thanks to fellow Lumberjock, "Cracknpop", he posted a build of this hope chest and gave me the design idea to follow. So I can't take credit for the design, just the build. I built the framework out of dark walnut and the panels out of soft maple. My first use of the Festool...
  12. Mini Hope Chest - Cherry

    This one is for my youngest daughter who is 17. It's made of solid cherry 5/8 thick. It's ~ 23" x 12" x12". The Leigh Jig is great and cuts very well once you get it set up. it also gave my a good excuse to buy 2 new routers. There is a matching one made with walnut for my 19 year old...
  13. Hope Chest - Walnut

    Hi, Here's the walnut version of the hope chest. Fun project, easy to build. The kids really love them. Again, this is made with the Leigh Jig. This one is finished with 2 coats of Deft.
  14. Replacing your kerfmaster for multiply cuts.

    I had posted a project where I was making crosses to raise money for a mission trip. I made 31 of them. I made a fence that was the idea behind this one, but all of the stop blocks were held in place by a clamp. I needed one that I could set up quicker. The fence has adjustable stops to limit...
  15. Hope Chest

    I made this for my wife. It's a solid mahogany panel construction. The top has a 1/8" veneer of bookmatched pommelle sapel. The inside is lined with cedar. Note: I have since removed the curly maple molding on the bottom edge. At the time I thought it would look cool. Wrong!
  16. Off the cuff hope chest

    Straight up preplaned select pine and lauan BUT it came out amazingly tight and rigid considering. I had purchased plans for a hope chest and after reviewing the cut list I realized that with a lack of ability in milling down stock I was going to have to "wing it" and just map out the chest on...
  17. Alder Chest

    This was for a client and has an arromatic cedar bottom.
  18. Craftsman style Blanket/Hope Chest

    A good friend of mine is getting married this weekend, so I decided to build him a wedding present. The only requirements that he gave me was that it should be a medium colored wood, and that it be either Craftsman style or Rustic. I gave him a few selections for wood, and he ended up settling...
  19. Hope Chest—Finished!

    I finished this on April 14. Many folks have written very gracious comments about the dovetails. Thanks, ironically, given that I'm figuring this out as I go, they turned out to be the easiest part. What drove me crazy was getting the lid right. Since the hinge isn't external and the lid is...
  20. Curly maple and cherry hope chest.

    I was commissioned to make this 2 weeks ago. The customer only specified lightish colored wood and final dimension. For the rest they said surprise us. Lol. Everything was going great until a neighborhood dog bumped a can of dark walnut stain over and I had to redo the top. What a turd. Made...
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