My daughter recently got married. I decided long ago that I’d make each of my daughters a bridal chest when they got hitched. This one is made of rock maple with a cedar lining. It is of my own design. I decided to keep it fairly simple in design with some stylized accents at the bottom and on the edge of the cover. It has a sliding, removable tray near the top. The chest has a stainless steel continuous hinge and an opener that holds the cover open at any angle.
This was the first time I had used finger joints. I made a temporary jig to make the joints with my router. Tricky but it worked. I got consistent box cuts that actually fit together pretty good. The chest is finished with multiple coats of clear poly sprayed on the outside.
Here is a video of the build. It was included for my daughter inside the chest on DVD.
Dan Gagner, Craftsman on the lake. The lake is calm, the wife is understanding, the wood is dry. What more is there...