||36 inch cedar
|42 inch chest
155.00 + S&H
Cedar Chest Kit
|46 inch chest
165.00 + S&H
Cedar Chest Kit
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Step One- First, you'll need to build the base of the cedar hope
chest. To do this, you'll need four pieces of two by two wood; two for
the length, and two for the width. Lay the piece out into a rectangle,
and then use wood screws to secure the corners together. Then, measure
and cut a board to cover the entire top of the base. Use additional wood
screws to fasten this board onto the base.
Step Two- Decide how tall the sides of your cedar hope chest are
going to be. Measure and cut two pieces for the front and two pieces for
the sides. Starting with the front pieces, you can use a band saw to cut
out a long, half-circle shape in the middle of the pieces, about two
inches up from the bottom. Or, you can use a pencil to mark out your own
fancy design on the wood. Do the same with the sidepieces, and then cut
the half-circle, or your own design, out with a band saw.
Step Three- On the inside of each front and sidepiece of wood, lay a
ruler at the top of the half-circle or design. Use a pencil to mark a
straight line all the way across each piece of wood. These lines will
give you a guide so you know where to attach the base of the hope chest.
Line up the base to the lines on the front wood piece, and then use wood
glue to secure them together. You'll probably need to clamp the two
pieces together until the glue dries. Repeat this process with the back
and two sidepieces.
Step Four- While you're waiting for the wood glue to dry, you'll need
to measure and cut a piece of wood for the top of the cedar hope chest.
Step Five- Before you proceed with following these free plans, you
should sand and stain the cedar chest first. You'll need to stain the
outside, plus, both sides of the top. Use a good-quality stain, and
follow the manufacturer's directions on the container in order to
achieve the best results. It would be a good idea to follow the coats of
stain with a couple coats of clear finish. Allow the stain and clear
finish to dry thoroughly before you move onto the next step.
Step Six- Line up the top of the cedar hope chest to the base, and
then attach it by using a pair of brass hinges. Then, either use cedar
wood and glue, or a thin cedar lining, to line the entire inside of the
Finally, you can add a small key lock on the outside, along with
handles on the sides, if you wish, to complete your new cedar hope