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Project by MarkR posted 08-05-2014 01:46 AM 2462 views 14 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys and gals,

This is a rendition of Lonnie Bird’s Pennsylvania blanket chest. The only differences are the trim, and the inlay in the drawer (because there was a bad spot and I didn’t want to mill anymore lumber), the addition of drawer locks, and different hardware. The chest is walnut, walnut crotch, and poplar as the secondary wood. The dovetails, and mortices on the case, and for the locks were done by hand. I must say that dovetails on a large thick case is much harder than doing a two or three on a half inch thick drawer (I had to make the back over after I lost my patience and chopped and chopped). At first, I wanted to bleach the walnut and dye it to make the colors more uniform. I practiced on a few boards, but in the end, I lost my nerve and decided to try it out on a much smaller project. The finish is Danish oil, several coats of clear shellac, and wax. The strap hinges are from Ball and Ball Hardware. In the end, I am proud to say I made it, and hopefully my brand new granddaughter (1month old) will one day be proud to own it.

-- Mark in Va





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#1 posted 08-05-2014 03:16 AM

Very nice, Ben! Your dovetails look pretty tight and the finish looks very smooth. I like the drawers and the hardware, as well as the curvy legs. I’m sure your granddaughter will be very proud to own that treasure her Grandpa made. Are you planning to put your mark on it so you can be properly credited as the maker?

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 07:23 AM

Looks like it turned out very well.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 09:26 AM

Very nice, Great color as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 10:11 AM

BenR,
outstanding piece of traditional cabinetmaking.
The dovetailed feet are a thing of beauty.
Would be great if you had more pics of the processes you used.
Well done.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#5 posted 08-05-2014 10:32 AM

Incredibly beautiful and sure to be a family heirloom.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#6 posted 08-05-2014 12:06 PM

Wow. Very nice.
A lot of nice details in there.
Good job.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 08-05-2014 12:37 PM

I would say there’s a decent chance she’ll treasure it.

-- Ron, Montana

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#8 posted 08-05-2014 02:07 PM

This is beautiful, Ben. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#9 posted 08-05-2014 04:17 PM

Very nicely done!

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#10 posted 08-05-2014 04:32 PM

Good job! Nicely executed.

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#11 posted 08-05-2014 04:41 PM

Looks amazing. Building a Pennsylvania Blanket Chest has been on my to do list, only hope it turns out half as nice as the one you made.

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#12 posted 08-05-2014 05:38 PM

Just fantastic. The dovetails are dreamy.

An heirloom for sure my friend.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#13 posted 08-05-2014 05:49 PM

Very, very nice. I hope to build something as nice someday…

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#14 posted 08-05-2014 06:00 PM

awesome work there :)

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#15 posted 08-05-2014 08:36 PM

Ben, Beautiful chest, you should be proud. Having just recently started to learn to cut dovetails by hand, I can appreciate the difficulty in making this chest. I wish my dovetails looked as good!
Your granddaughter will be proud to own this piece of her grandpa’s heart!
John

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