I thought I would try using this blog series to document my build of a new cherry blanket chest.
This series will be written as I go to document the tools, techniques, and time spent along with the inevitable errors and workarounds I encounter along the way.
Hopefully this series will also be of interest to others.
I am using the plans in the October 2013 issue of popular woodworking magazine for the general dimensions for the chest and plinth.
To keep things simple, my chest will have through dovetails instead of the half blind ones in the article. I will also omit the till as my wife will only be storing blankets in the chest. I also may change some aspects of the plinth. We shall see once things get under way.
Today I got started picking out some boards for the sides and top. Took me 3 hours to find the right ones and knock them down to their rough sizes and thickness.
Now I am going to let them settle in for day or so before doing the final edge jointing and starting to glue up the panels…
Total Time so far – 3 hours.
Tools used so far – Hand saw, table saw, tape measure, pencil and thickness planer.