Making a Hope Chest

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by PalmRoyal, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. PalmRoyal

    PalmRoyal Chirping

    Apr 28, 2013
    Lima, OH
    I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post or not, but my family and I are all making our own hope chests. The wood we are using is from my late grandfather's old bar that has fallen over a few weeks ago. We believe that the barn is 180 years old. We are not sure about the kind of wood it is, but we are thinking it is walnut and oak (we are not carpenters, so we are at a loss). I only have the sides up. I made the frame and am building on the inside of the frame. A lot of the boards that I am using were very rough in condition, so I planed them down. I wish I would made them all the same thickness. The nails I am using are just ones that have been laying around in my grandpa's attic. Then the cherry stain is whatever is leftover from my aunt's home renovations and the walnut stain is from my grandmother's renovation. We are all making our own boxes and this is just how far I am right now. I need to add the top, bottom and legs onto mine.
    The cherry wood stained pieces are from the barn's flooring. Then the walnut stained wood was actually a structural piece that I cut down (it was 4" x 4" x ~20' I believe). I want to burn a design and a quote or something on the inside of the lid, but I have no idea what to put. Anyone have any suggestions?


  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Are you a Christian? I can think of lots of good quotes if you are, and that if that is the sort of thing you are looking for..

    If you are not Christian, what were you hoping for? something about family, hope, marriage? Something else?

    Very wonderful that you are making a hope chest. I think that they are lovely things. It s a great use for the old barn.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2014
  3. vbob99

    vbob99 In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2014
    just a tip. practice several times b4 you burn the actual piece. If you use the right font, a last name looks good
  4. PalmRoyal

    PalmRoyal Chirping

    Apr 28, 2013
    Lima, OH
    Thanks! I've looked into designs of nature and definitely wanted to make a stencil of sorts as well if I did that. But, I think I have some spare pieces that are from the lid's wood that I could play around with burning to get the position of my hand just right. Thank-you though for the really helpful hint!

    I would like something about hope maybe. Or a timeless quote that is inspirational. I am Christian though and never thought to look to the bible for a quote. I'm not sure why!
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2014
  5. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    OK, here are a few I found

    Psalm 147:11
    the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

    Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

    Psalm 39:7
    “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.

    Proverbs 23:18
    Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

    Psalm 71:14
    But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.

    Psalm 71:5
    For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

    “Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul
    And sings the tune without the words
    And never stops at all.”
    ― Emily Dickinson

    Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
    Whispering 'it will be happier'...”
    ― Alfred Tennyson

    Hope is a waking dream
    --- Aristotle

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