Amish HOPE CHESTS Cedar Oak
Making and Carving a ChestRandom widths of about one inch thick oak or other hardwood are laid side by side with the curve of the grain reversed each time. Then they are glued while under a fair amount of lateral pressure.
The next day the panels are planed to close enough to 3/4 inch thick that they can be put through several successively finer sandings to make the final panel for assembly.
The boards to be carved go to the carver and are held by a vacuum table for the carving.
Then the panels return to the Amish builder who has already cut them to the final sizes.
(Then they may go to the Amish-owned dovetail machine which is also CNC computer controlled, all powered by a diesel generator.)
We take them back to the Amish builder who assembles and glues the chest and locates the hardware and hinges and adds the feet, or the bottom to the chest.
Then the chest is sanded to perfection.
We take it to the finisher who seals the oak and sands it. The stain is hand rubbed and sanded to finer degrees.The next day a coat of polyurethane is applied. We use a kid-safe finish.
Then the next coat of poly is applied and dries overnight.
We ship the finished chest in a special double-wall carton, using corner protectors and a bubble wrap strong enough to stand upon.
Finally FedEx picks up the packed and insured chest and delivers it to you.
When a hardwood panel is carved, the bit used is triangular, so the wider the stroke of a letter, the deeper the cut.
That is the beauty of CNC carving.
The same width change and depth change occurs with the names.
So the Bookman type style will be carved deeper and more "stark" and boyish, perhaps, than Apple Chancery which has a lighter result.
The carver also has a multi-thousand dollar set of software that translates both the proof and the actual carving to a result that is very close to the final carving. So these proofs are very accurate and are in fact the template that flows to the CNC carving machine.
Amish Oak & Cherry Hope Chests
Amish Blanket Chests
Amish Memorial Chests or Toy Boxes Personalized With Your Lovingly Engraved Texts.
Our Amish Master Craftsmen Will ENGRAVE ANY VERSE OR ANY SAYING
For Beautiful Memorial Chests In Memory Of Loved Ones
or Any Custom Made or Engraved Amish Hope Chests or Amish Toy Chests.
FOUR SIZES & WIDTHS OF HOPE CHESTS - 29 INCH, 36 INCH, 42 INCH & 46 INCHES.
CARVING & ARTWORK IS EXTRA - BASE PRICE IS FOR A PLAIN SMALL CHEST!
The prices shown on our site for Hope Chests and Toy Boxes are dictated by Google and do NOT have carving included. Artwork is usually about $70 per panel. Please call 844 297 8827 to discuss your choice of artwork and names and dates and total pricing or order on-line by specifying the artwork and name and dates you wish, using the Pers and Pers 2 Options!
Our son Bill Bedford lived with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy from Feb 19, 1970 when he was born to October 19, 2013 when he went Home to be with the Lord. We miss him terribly. We will continue to operate this web site just as he designed it and wanted it to be run. God Bless us All! Ed and Kathy Bedford
Weather and other delays often occur in the Amish and our community, thus we are completely unable to GUARANTEE any delivery
We and they will do our best, but we are not liable in any way for delays, regardless of the cause!
- Because hardwood is a natural product, created by nature and then finished by skilled Amish craftsmen, you can expect the usual variations in wood color, stain color, some degree of cherry pits, even in so-called clear cherry
(Filled for regular cherry, normally open for Rustic Cherry).
Knots MAY vary from minor to major for the Rustic versions of the hardwoods, QSWO, OAK, CHERRY and HICKORY.
Our QUOTED sizes are nominal and should be correct, but we CAN also make errors.
If a given dimension is critical, please call to let us know that and to confirm the dimensions.
Differences of an inch or so are not errors, but just the result of the hand made process as practiced by the Amish builders.
- (CLEAR) CHERRY WILL ALWAYS HAVE DARK VISIBLE STREAKS,
IT IS THE TRUE NATURE OF THE CHERRY HARDWOOD in the U.S.A.
- Hardwoods may contain mineral deposits, pits, gum streaks, small pin holes, knots, color differences, unusual grain patterns, darker heart wood, lighter sap wood, etc.
- However, it is these attributes that comprise the beauty of hardwood furniture.
- No two items are exact duplicates, and therefore
- Educational Electronics Inc. makes no representation or guarantee that Customer's furniture will appear exactly as another.
- FINISHES VARY IN HOW THEY ARE APPLIED, HOW LONG THEY ARE IN VARIOUS HUMIDITIES AND THE UNDER-LYING WOOD GRAIN, WHICH VARIES NATURALLY OVER A WIDE RANGE!
- Wood Furniture Care
- Properly caring for your furniture ensures it lasts for many many years. This is especially true when
- Caring For Your Furniture | Properly caring for your furniture is simple, so long as you follow some simple rules.
- Always use a cloth that has wood polish when you dust. Dry dusting can scratch your wood, but the polish reduces the scratching. If you don’t dust, the dust will scratch the wood.
- Do not use soap and water to clean the furniture. Water ruins the finish and can damage the wood.
- The cloth you use to dust should be clean and soft. Harsh or scratchy materials could scratch the wood.
- Things to Avoid | These general issues are the main culprits of furniture damage. Avoiding them can do wonders to protect your furniture.
- Heat creates spots on wood finish. Always put something under hot dishes, utensils, or anything else which gets hot. This will protect the finish.
- Fast changes in temperature can damage wood. This could be blasts of hot or cold air from a central heating and cooling unit. Avoid placing your wood furniture near these vents.
- UV rays from the sun can destroy wood finish. Avoid direct sunlight when possible. Move furniture or close drapes, if necessary.
- Liquid can ruin wood finish. Clean spills immediately and always use coasters. When cleaning a spill, never rub it - gently blot it, instead.
- Proper Dusting Techniques
- Do not dry dust. Use wood polish to avoid scratching, and change the cloth frequently.
- Do not overspray the surface. Spray the surface evenly. Wipe clean with a circular motion.
- To create a perfect shine and strengthen the finish, buff the surface until it is dry. For wood trim, apply polish directly to the cloth, not to the surface.
- Always use the same type of wood polish or your furniture will become cloudy and streaky. If you use oil-based polish, maintain oil-based polish; if you use wax-based polish, maintain wax-based polish.
- AVOID SILICONE BASED POLISHES, PLEASE.
- AVOID HUMIDITY ABOVE AND BELOW 35 TO 45% TO AVOID EXCESS CONTRACTION OR EXPANSION OF WOOD FURNITURE, OR EVEN CRACKS!