I made a hope chest for my daughters 13th birthday.
I made this for my daughters 13th birthday. I used Walnut, and the lid is out of sometype of rosewood which I can't remember know. It is VERY dense and heavy. Really nice stuff. I made a mallet handle out of it also and I love it.
sorry this is sideways but it does show the wonderful look of the top.
I put bowties or butterflies in the corners of the frame. That was a trick and took me quite a while to figure out how to do it right.
I'm embarrased to admit it but the panels are just the thin stuff you buy at Lowes for $12 for a 4 x 8 sheet that is 1/4 thick. I bought quite a few panels in order to get the right flow of the grain, but it really turned out nice.
To finish it all I just sanded well and used a rubbing varnish mixture I got from a magizine. It worked well and really looked nice. Not to bad for my first hope chest.