Blanket Chest - Retrospective

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Project by CloneZero posted 10-16-2008 07:29 PM 1531 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Two years ago for Christmas I gave my new wife a blanket chest. I had wanted to build it for about 15 years, but my skills were never up to snuff, or so I thought. It is amazing what 2 years under the tutelage of a Master Furniture Maker can do. My inspiration for the blanket chest are mainly two; I live near Boston and have always enjoyed going to the Museum of Fine Arts and looked at the antique American furniture collection. Most of all I like the blanket chests, and promised myself I would build one someday. Secondly, my mother has a old bench chest from German that I always loved an it simple lines.

Basically the goal was to build my wife & me “A replica of a 17th Century Pennsylvania blanket chest with heavy German influences in white oak.” The word “replica” is loosely used; it is more an “inspired” piece.

So I am going to endeavor to go back through my shop notes, plans, and pictures and reconstruct this project. I hope you find it useful, I certainly did. BTW this project took me a very long time 110 hours that includes recovering for 3 major mistakes. Oh, where ever I could use a power tool I did. It was my 4th funiture project ever.

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#1 posted 10-16-2008 07:47 PM

Nice black space. Or pen if you have a really good computer. nice pen.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 10-16-2008 09:09 PM

lol!-) I’m just getting started, I messed it up now so it is white.

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#3 posted 10-16-2008 10:06 PM

There! Changed the subject et al.

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#4 posted 10-17-2008 12:07 AM

Nice job

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#5 posted 10-17-2008 12:29 AM

I love the elegantly simple lines and proportions. Almost Craftsma in it’s simplicity. I’ve seen chests like this IMHO overly-decorated with painting. I think Norm did something like that recently.

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

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