White Oak and Black Walnut Blanket Chest

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Project by Matthew Eye posted 08-28-2014 05:03 PM 1456 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this blanket chest for my brother and his wife for a wedding present. Second to last photo is my brother with the chest. The table is made of White Oak and Black Walnut.

Live edge on the back of the lid and a natural handle on the front left from where a knot fell out.

My brother built table, coffee table, end tables and other furniture in his new home out of white oak so I wanted his blanket chest to match, but with enough distinction to say that I made it; hence the use of the walnut.

It is not perfect but it is strong and pretty nice to look at and use. I used biscuits on the panel glue ups. I used brass screws on the back (since I didn’t rabbet the back panel) because I like the look of them.

36” brass plated piano hinge. No stain, three coats of polyurethane. 3/4” Asian birch plywood bottom floats on rails.

The last photo shows the rough white oak I started with.

-- "When it comes to working on stuff, buying more tools usually helps" - Matthew Eye

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#1 posted 08-28-2014 05:21 PM

Nice! The black walnut is a great feature. The finish is beautiful. The top is stunning! Well done.

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#2 posted 08-28-2014 06:11 PM

Beautiful trunk

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

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#3 posted 08-28-2014 06:14 PM


-- "When it comes to working on stuff, buying more tools usually helps" - Matthew Eye

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#4 posted 08-28-2014 07:11 PM

That’s a fine looking chest. I’m sure your brother and his wife will treasure it.

-- Fred ~ lignator novus ~

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