My Hope Chest now looks like this. The pattern is simple, as a hope chest was more about the content than the box. I hope you have enjoyed watching my progress and experienced some of the processes I work through in forward planning to make things happen in order. There is no such thing…Read More
…past it was a special chest used to store items put away for an anticipated marriage by a would-be bride. Though considered an archaic notion these days, Hope Chests are still the popular name and indeed a popular item used in homes to store valuable items such as photo albums, years of children’s and…Read More
As my Hope Chest nears completion I become increasingly conscious that the colour and composition is being conformed by my decisions, hence my last post. Life is very much about composition and from my very limited sphere of creativity I am indeed composing in my work. When I was young I never realised this…Read More
More work on the Hope Chest today. I managed to rough out the oak for the bottom of the chest and my drawer bottom. For the drawer bottom I used the bandsaw to rough cut my 1” stock down to 5/8” and hand planed it down to a full ½” ( a 1/16th inch…Read More
…chest is bruised and battered now and of course it would be. But at one time the surfaces would have been as pristine as those in my Hope Chest and each joint carefully formed and fitted would have come from the cutting edge of a chisel or plane; tools I use today that remain…Read More
I worked on the Hope Chest for a few hours this (now Friday) morning and it went well. Raising panels went well again too. As you can see I used a Stanley #4 across the grain to hog off a full 1/8” from the thickness of this 16” x 16” oak panel before I…Read More
I am preparing wood for my next chest, which is my version of a Shaker-style hope chest. This one has similar features to the one in the blog, but dovetailed corners from top to bottom (to reinforce what everyone learned in the Shaker Candle Box in the Working Wood 1&2 book and DVDs) and…Read More
…them as yours. Imagine a style if you will. We have lots to choose from and too many to list.
Today I shaped the legs of my new Hope chest using two spokeshave types from Veritas (one hand made from their metal parts kit), a rasp, file, #4 Stanley smoothing plane with cambered cutting iron,…Read More
My hope chest has several rails to interconnect at the corners. Tough wood being made from solid oak, but I’m planing them by hand quite easily using hand planing methods I’ve used for 45 years and the same methods used by woodworkers for centuries.
Old fashioned? No, not really. These methods are ideal for developing…
…salvageable wood from any calamitous weather, yet we workers of wood in other climes (especially the UK) often pay through the nose for our wood supply.
My oak Hope Chest made good progress and so too my students over the weekend. Keith, from London, has been following the Paul Sellers’ blog on making my hope…Read More