I’ve been telling my girlfriend I would make her a blanket chest for quite a while. Now that I have a tablesaw I figured there was no time like the present to get the project started. I have owned a copy of “The New Yankee Workshop” book for a really long time so I thought I would make the blanket chest from that book. It’s simple, has joinery that isn’t too complicated, and presents what I think is a good first project to learn how to set up and use my saw.
I am sort of compulsive about modeling projects in CAD even though I had all the dimensions from the book. What I found was that some of the dimensions in the book were wrong. Also, it really helps me to visualize each piece when I can see them all come together like that. It also lets me get an idea of what the project will look like with the finish on it. I am using cheap pine 1x stock since we plan to paint it. I let my girlfriend pick out the color and currently she is thinking about a bright blue. The bottom is going to be lined with Cedar planks used for lining closets.
I have rough cut all the pieces for the body but ran out of straight wood before I could cut pieces for the top. I had enough wood, but a recent water problem in the garage (another blog post) cause a few of the pieces to warp too badly to use for this project. I think I am just going to get one of the laminated pine panels and save myself the trouble of having to glue one up. The cost isn’t too different.
Tomorrow I plan to rip all the boards to width and see if I can start cross cutting them to length if I have the time.
Here is a video of my CAD model on a simulated turntable. I need to figure out the lighting so the colors don’t change as the model rotates, but it didn’t come out too bad.
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