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Greene & Greene Inspired Blanket Chest #2: V2 File Uploaded

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Blog entry by afnid posted 10-26-2010 06:41 AM 1121 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been progressing along on this project, and have had a lot of revisions to the original file, and at this point I would consider it to be complete. You can download the v2 file from the link in the original post. There were a lot of small adjustments, and finishing all of the sizing/joinery on the lid. I also added the Rockler spring-loaded hinges and resized the top trim to fit.

I am using the Cutlist 4 plugin for Sketchup, so with all the joinery, it produces correct dimensions for all of the components to be cut.

I haven’t posted any pics since the process up to this point has been already covered pretty thoroughly in other blogs.

Accomplished So Far:

I am using 1/2” cherry/mdf for the panels. The interior will be lined with a 1/4” red/ceder ply. The bottom was vacuum packed and the top panel was also vacuum packed with a 5.2mm Baltic Birch core to come out at almost exactly 1” thick. It will appear to be 100% cherry/cedar, even from the bottom, and I shouldn’t have a problem with wood movement. The plugs in the top will be more decorative.

I didn’t like how the original posts came out of the 8/4 board, and quarter-sawn Cherry is nearly unobtainable and definitely price prohibitive. I made the mistake of scrapping one edge on my first cuts, leaving a combination of straight grain and a character side. I chose a different board and left the scrap in the center to get the straightest grain possible on the exposed edges. Did this make any sense at all?

I bought some Ebony from the bargain bin and have cut square dowels to make the different sized plugs. I should post a picture to show how rough the pieces are, but when you only need it for plugs you can start with almost anything.

I have all of the hardwood cut to length and routed/mortised. I will post some pictures in the next week or so once I can dry-fit the pieces and it starts to take shape. It looks like it is going to work!

I am also finalizing my design for the nightstands..



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afnid

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#1 posted 10-26-2010 06:49 AM

Pretty bland post, so here is an image so you know what I mean by rough..

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#2 posted 10-26-2010 08:35 AM

Please post pics to go with your progress. If you’re vacuum packing your own plywood, then you’re way ahead of most of us. Kudos on planning the night stands. Do you have any ideas on the bed frame? Please keep us G&G freaks updated. What are your thoughts on a G&G finish for cherry?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 08:08 PM

I promise lots more pics on the next post!

I posted a question on using dyes with cherry, and getting a crash course in finishing right now. I liked how the blanket chest Darrel Peart posted looked, but hard to know how something really looks given the picture and monitor display quality.

I didn’t realize that cherry had so many caveats when it came to finishing when I started this so I am kinda making things up as I go along .. as with most of the rest of this. I hope to be producing finish samples once I get some colors and a cheap hvlp gun. I don’t want to mute the character, but I am concerned about mixing wood from diverse sources.

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 04:02 AM

Yeah, I haven’t done anything with cherry yet, but I’ve heard it can blotch. Maybe a pre-stain conditioner or at worst a gel stain over the top to unify things. Good luck!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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