View Full Version : Hope Chest

01-03-2010, 02:43 PM
August soon approaches and the one daughter is turning 12. So instead of more games she can sit on her butt with, I was thinking of building her a hope chest. She has her ragged old security blanket that would probably be the first thing to go into it. Anyone here built one? I am kicking around the idea of building a wood steamer out of PVC pipe and steaming some wood to bend it to make a nice oval, much like boat building. Although, this may go beyond my current skill set. Then I was thinking of doing some carvings in the lid with the hybrid. I do not know how well a carving would work if I were to bend the pieces.

Give me some ideas. I am thinking Cherry or maple, and then lined with aromatic cedar.

With the CNC machine I was thinking something like this in the lid.


Rich VanValkenburg
01-03-2010, 03:14 PM
I've built a couple, sized right enough to serve as a coffee table, nic-nac table, or even a window seat. Girls are always filling up anything with a horizontal surface with gizmos of all kinds. A round top chest doesn't let her do that.

Maple would seem to fit in with anything else she buys herself down the road.

01-03-2010, 05:26 PM
The top would be flat, it is the sides I am thinking of bending.