This step by step diy woodworking project is about hope chest plans. If you want a really stylish way to store your kids toys, or any other small items, this chest project might come handy to you. Use 3/4″ plywood, 1x2s and 1x3s to build this modern chest. The wood chest also features two trays for storing small items. Make sure you take a look over the rest of plans to see alternatives and more projects for your garden.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
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Hope Chest Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 22″x22″ long, 2 pieces – 22″x48″ long FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 23 1/2″x48″ long BOTTOM
- C – 4 pieces of 1×3 – 25″ long, 4 pieces – 49 1/2″ long TRIMS
- D – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 22″ long, 2 pieces – 49 1/2″ long TRIMS
- E – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 51″ long, 1 piece – 23 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 23 1/2″x48″ long LID
- F – 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 46 1/2″ long CLEATS
- G – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 18″ long, 2 pieces – 20 1/4″ long, 3 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 20 1/4″ long 2xTRAY
Build a wooden hope chest
The first step of the project is to assemble the box. Therefore, cut the components from 3/4″ plywood and drill pilot holes along the sides of the frond and back panels. Attach the side components, align the edges and make sure the corners are square. Insert 1 1/4″ screws to lock the box together.
Next, attach the bottom to the box. Drill pilot holes through the bottom and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the box. Align the edges with attention and leave no gaps between the components.
In order to enhance the look of the hope chest, you need to attach 1×3 trims to the bottom and to the top of the box. Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees and lock the to the box with glue and 1 3/4″ finishing nails.
Attach 1×2 trims to the top of the box, as shown in the diagram. Leave no gaps between the components and lock the trims into place with 1 1/4″ brad nails.
Fit 1×2 cleats to the interior of the chest. The cleats will support the trays. Use 1 1/4″ nails to lock the cleats to the frame.
Build the frame for the trays from 1×4 slats. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the 20 1/2″ long slats and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the perpendicular components. Align the edges and make sure the corners are square.
Build the bottom from the trays from 1×6 slats. Drill pocket holes at both ends and lock them to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws.
Build the frame for the lid from 1×2 slats. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 23 1/2″ long slats and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges with attention.
Build the lid from 3/4″ plywood. Drill pocket holes along the edges and insert 1 1 /4″ screws into the frame.
Fit the trays to the cleats. As you can see in the image, you can move the trays easily and have access to the items placed below, or you can remove them completely.
Attach the lid to the top of the hope chest and lock it into place with a piano hinge.
In addition, fit safety hinges to prevent possible accidents.
Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-200 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Top Tip: Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to enhance the look of the project. This hope chest is the ideal project if you are looking to create more storage space for kids toys or for other items you don’t use that regularly. This chest has a modern design so it can match the style of any room. Just make sure you choose the appropriate color to match the rest of the furniture in the house.
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