Miniature Hope Chest

Submitted by JoanneS on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 18:59

This build is a gift for a friend who is retiring.  It is made from scrap wood and left over finishes, so the only things I had to purchase were the moulding, hinges and “bling”.

Used Georgia’s Jewelry Box plan, with these mods:  made it a little longer with no overhangs; added stop moulding trim around the top and bottom; added some lattice squares for “feet;” added a small sliding tray in aromatic cedar (1/4” cedar closet lining for the tray, stop moulding for the rails), and some self-adhesive rhinestone flourishes (found these at Michaels). 

This would be an afternoon build.  The finish took longer than the build - probably 2 or 3 hrs  (filling, sanding, painting, and attaching the hinges and  “bling”).   It took me much longer to decide how to decorate it, than it did to actually build it ;)

Some squares of sticky-back felt were also added to the bottoms of the feet.

I’m very pleased to say that this gift was a big hit!

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Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
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Finish is 3 coats of Ace Royal semi-gloss in Crushed Peanut, sanded between coats, and the rhinestones are a champagne gold color. Also added some crystal clear super glue (I used Loctite) around the rhinestones with a tiny artist brush, to make sure the stones stay in place.
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Fri, 10/31/2014 - 15:24

Thank you for the nice comment!  :)  I might build some more of these for Christmas gifts.


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