Sister's graduation blanket chest

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Project by RickMcQ2 posted 05-14-2014 02:21 AM 1135 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this blanket chest for my sister as a graduation present. The base is 6/4 cherry and the sides and top are 4/4 cherry. I lined the bottom with Spanish cedar and the sides of the inside with aromatic cedar. I used minwax prestain wood conditioner and gel cherry color stain. I had read cherry is easy to have a really blotchy finish, but I am pretty happy with how the gel stain performed. The final coats are Watco wipe on poly in gloss. It doesn’t show up very well because I have poor lighting in my garage. Also, please excuse the messy garage, cabinets are my next project.

This project prompted me to purchase a planer and jointer, as the antiques I tried to use from a friend ruined my first attempt. I also talked myself into a bandsaw while I was at it….so this might be the most expensive blanket chest in history. Thanks for looking and I am a beginner, so try not to judge too harshly.

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#1 posted 05-14-2014 02:56 AM

It looks great Rick. You obviously did your homework on the finish. I am sure your sister wll cherish it forever. I know 6/4 and 4/4 cherry is expensive but that chest will outlive us all.

Congrats on the new tools!

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#2 posted 05-14-2014 11:04 AM

Looks very nice. Also if you got new tools, then it’s a great win for you.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 05-14-2014 12:16 PM

Beginner – schminner. Whatever… It looks great! I really like your design – simple and clean. It will still be in style when your sister passes it on to her daughters.

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#4 posted 05-14-2014 02:34 PM

Very nice chest ,good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 05-14-2014 08:00 PM

I think it looks great. I’ve been doing this for a few years now and I still haven’t tackled a chest.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 05-14-2014 08:49 PM

Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate the encouragement to keep learning the craft

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