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Sapele Hope Chest

Sapele Hope Chest

Sapele Hope Chest

Product Description

This hope chest was commissioned by an out of state customer as a birthday present for his wife. The hope chest is made entirely of solid wood. The chest features a dovetailed drawer, two dovetailed sliding tills, and a breadboard top. Two secret compartments round out the storage. I'd break a promise to the customer if I told you where they were.

In nearly ten years of making furniture, I've received only one call about wood failure. Unfortunately, it happened on this piece which is more than 1,000 miles from my workshop. The solid top of the blanket chest warped badly over the winter under forced air heat despite the breadboard ends. The solution was to make a new top. The replacement was made of shop-sawn sapele veneers over a stable core. New breadboard ends were applied and the top finished and shipped in a custom made container. Total cost to the customer - zero dollars.


20" tall x 41" wide x 20" deep


sapele and maple


Linseed oil on the exterior, shellac and wax on the interior


in Sapele (as shown) $3,200.00

in Cherry $3,000
in Maple $2,900
in Walnut $3,100
in Mahogany $3,200

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