Debutante

She is all dressed up now.  Many hours have been spent primping and prepping. A little rough at first but with time, love and attention, her latent inner beauty is ready to be revealed. Smooth and silky, she has a depth and a glow that is hard to capture. So without any more words and lots of pictures, here she is:

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From a technical and aesthetic standpoint I am pleased with the results. I learned a huge amount, stretched my skills and I am inspired to try another piece. There are many flaws…er,…human elements present in the execution but that is okay. But all that really matters is that I got a big hug from Hannah and a “thank you, Daddy!!”.  I am blessed.

I want to thank all of you who have followed this long project, offered advice and encouragement along the way, and saw it through to the end. I hope that I was able to help you with design and construction techniques or even just inspiration for you to dive into your own project. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Just for fun, here is the original drawing I gave to Hannah 3 years ago. A few details and proportions were changed along the way but overall it looks pretty close. If you want to go back and read the whole story there is a directory that lists all the posts related to the Hope Chest project.
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15 Comments

  1. David Jeske

    Thanks Chris and all who left comments. I appreciate the kind words.  Chris, I thought about mitering the top but it just didn’t seem to look right in my mind.
    Dave

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  2. Hi Dave,

    Beautiful chest, and fine workmanship. I like the shape of the feet and how you blended them into the lower rails (would they be properly called skirts?). I also like that you didn’t mitre the frame joints for the lid.

    Chris

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  3. Dave Ball

    Congratulations on a job very well done!

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  4. Jack Palmer

    Probably only you would ever know where the flaws are. The chest looks fantastic and the woods really compliment each other. Excellent work

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  5. Brad

    Stunning! Those are the tightest half-blind dovetails I’ve seen. Three years in the making…a lifetime in the using. A labor of love your daughter will appreciate long, long after you have passed to the great workshop in the sky.

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  6. Jose Santiago

    Congratulation! That chest is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Martin

    Beautiful work Dave! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  8. Brent Richardson

    Dave,

    Well done. I have enjoyed following your efforts and the successful completion is well worth the effort.

    Brent

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  9. Tim Oakley

    Dave – You done real good! Fun to watch the process. You have every right to be very proud of the finished product. And Hannah will treasure this throughout her life. What a special keepsake. And almost finished on time…

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  10. Harry

    Great job Dave. Your payment from Hannah is all a father needs to fuel our soul. Amazing and inspirational work.

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  11. Hannah

    It is even prettier in person! Thank you so much Daddy! It is the best present ever!!!

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  12. Drew

    It’s beautiful, David. Good job! I’m sure it will be loved for many a year if not many a generation to come!

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