Hope-chest from reclaimed wood – part 1: Sketches

Hope-chests are wonderfully versatile pieces of furniture.  They provides storage and a place to sit at the same time. Because they were traditionally given as wedding gifts, they are surrounded with an aura of romance, nostalgia, and a promising future. So was the case of the hope-chest that I built for E. and D. four years ago.

I based my designs on found/reclaimed wood which I aspired to transform into a beautiful piece. Here is the picture of the wood I collected that eventually became the hope-chest case: Dismantled wine box parts, legs and rails from discarded dorm desks.  

And here are my first sketches:

Next time I will show my last sketch, which later became the hope-chest that I built. 


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Yoav Liberman

About Yoav Liberman

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.