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The finished hope chest. Inside there are two sliding jewelry trays.
We used three species of wood. Maple, cedar and walnut. We used 3 types maple. Curly maple, Birdseye maple and quilted maple.
I designed it as frame and panel construction with maple stiles and rails and cedar panels. For the top I joined two pieces of Birdseye maple and a piece of curly maple with walnut bow ties at the seams. Then I laminated that to a piece of cedar. I worried about this warping but so far it hasn’t.
I struggled long and hard to come up with the perfect design. I wanted something that would represent my love for her. She knows she will always have my heart and now anyone who sees her hope chest will know it too.
The heart is quilted maple.
Quilted maple heart made for 8/4 stock. It has dados on the edges and the cedar panels fit into it. Basically it is a center stile.
The top is made from 3/4 " curly maple and birdseye maple with walnut butterflies at the seams. This is laminated to a 3/4" piece of cedar.
The stiles are birdeye maple, the rails are curly maple, the panels are cedar. The butterfly at the joint is walnut.
This photo shows the frame and panel construction. I put a clear finish on the maple but of course no finish on the cedar.
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This hope chest is gorgeous! I loved the use of different woods. I always wanted a hope chest. My father was a wood worker of sorts, wish he had of lived long enough to make one for me. Your daughter is a very lucky girl. Hats off to you on this one!
Another great family heirloom! Wonderfully unique! Great craftmanship! The different types of wood make it so pretty!
I made the base out of cedar also.
Thank you for your comments.
The different woods selected work so well together with the design. A one of a kind piece for sure.
Gorgeous! What amazing work. I really love the heart.
Very nice piece.
What type of wood did you use in the base?
Now that is putting your heart in it,well done
Wonderful combination of wood types. Very well crafted.
Just absolutely perfect for a hope chest.
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