Hope-chest from reclaimed wood – part 2: final sketch and work begins.

The last version of the hope-chest was the one that both my clients and I loved the most. It called for a frame and panel construction and a lid that once used to be part of a piano. 

We decided to aim towards this look and agreed on a few features: The frame and panel constriction would be painted with milk-paint; the lid would retain its mahogany appeal; a dedication impression would be included on the front part of the chest. You can see in my drawing that I thought to add a flared ending, but this idea was eventually abandoned for a more reserved look.  

Here is the piano lid as I found it:

I started the construction by building the panels. As you recall, I was using reclaimed wine boxes for the job. I began by dismantling the boxes and preparing the panels: milling them to thickness; creating a tung and groove joint between them and gluing individual panels together to make a wider panel. 

I fitted the panels into a groove that I milled in the rail construction. These rails ware predominantly made from reclaimed miscellaneous students' desk parts that I milled, sawed and routed. I crafted a tenon at the end of each rail which will fit in a matching mortice on the legs. 

Next time I will show how the legs, rails and panels come together.  

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.