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...