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Hope Chest

comments (16) February 21st, 2014 in Reader's Gallery

jedgberi jedgberi, member
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I made this hope chest for my daughter. It is made from cherry, and I found some figured cherry for the lid. There are ebony buttons on the breadboard ends covering round dowels. This is my first time working with highly figured wood and learned for the first time how bad it can tear-out. The design is from a project that Glen Huey made for Popular Woodworking.

posted in: Reader's Gallery, dovetails, cherry, chest

Comments (16)

CatherineCJohn CatherineCJohn writes: Great Finishing Touch.
Posted: 8:05 am on March 29th

SarahEHuffman SarahEHuffman writes: Great job done by you. Keep it up.
Posted: 2:04 am on March 28th

MaryBSavage MaryBSavage writes: Great work at all
Posted: 2:41 am on March 10th

LouisCKnutson LouisCKnutson writes: Nice hope chest.I like it.
Posted: 1:46 am on March 5th

Jeremiahwalker Jeremiahwalker writes: Pleasing wood work done
Posted: 4:29 am on February 26th

Gkrull4901 Gkrull4901 writes: This is a Beautiful chest and I'm interested in making one for my daughter is this something you did yourself or did you have a plan to guide you
Posted: 4:22 pm on January 10th

jdgoodwin jdgoodwin writes: This is a beautiful chest. Thanks for sharing..
Posted: 12:35 pm on April 24th

jedgberi jedgberi writes: Hey Daniel:
I know that Lockwood dyes are supposed to be really good.
If you want to know more about Lockwood dyes, I would suggest that you contact Bob Kloes at Kloes Custom Furniture. His email address He has a nice furniture website here:
Posted: 10:00 pm on March 4th

Sparrell Sparrell writes: Exquisite chest! I am making one for my granddaughter so learnt about your finishing method is quite timely as I am using curly cherry too.
Posted: 1:57 pm on February 28th

HayesFurnitureDesign HayesFurnitureDesign writes: I'm not familiar with Lockwood dyes, but I've used waterbased aniline, and it has terrible light fastness. It fades with sunlight exposure. If they are anything like transtint dyes you shouldn't have any trouble though. Just thought I'd mention it.
Posted: 6:47 pm on February 25th

jedgberi jedgberi writes: Hey Guys, I've been out of pocket for a while.
I used one coat of Lockwood's Antique Cherry water-based dye, mixed 1 oz/quart. Then I sprayed 3 coats of General Finishes Polyacrylic in Satin finish. I learned that from the professional furniture maker from whom I bought the figured cherry.
Posted: 12:40 pm on February 25th

DustyBoy123 DustyBoy123 writes: Very nice, I would also like to know how you finished it..
Posted: 8:35 pm on February 24th

Red Dwarf Red Dwarf writes: Lovely work, you really did use the grain and figure to best effect.
Posted: 10:39 am on February 23rd

HayesFurnitureDesign HayesFurnitureDesign writes: The color makes the piece to me. Great job, did you use an aniline dye stain, transtint, or something else?
Posted: 9:01 am on February 23rd

michaelferg michaelferg writes: I love the finish. What did you use?
Posted: 7:31 pm on February 22nd

Tom77 Tom77 writes: That is a beautiful example of a popular form. I like it a lot.

Posted: 9:34 am on February 22nd

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