Cedar Blanket Chest

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Project by Matthew Eye posted 11-09-2014 05:43 AM 1061 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Short description: Cedar blanket Chest I made for my older brother and his wife for their wedding present.

Wood: aromatic eastern red cedar
Finish: BLO and Bee’s wax
Dimensions: 54” by 17” tall by 16”



Long description: Months prior to my brother’s wedding I secretly measured and figured up the dimensions of a blanket chest that would fit at the foot of my brother and sister-in-laws’s bed. For the wood I decided to keep it classic and go with aromatic eastern red cedar.

I had to make some little blocks for ratchet scrap clamping the case. I put tape in the groove and that worked out really well. The case edges, the top and side panels all have biscuits. The edges of the panels used for the case were cut at a 45. They matched up pretty well and the box was square!

I glued 3/8” thick slats to a piece of plywood for the bottom. The slats are all book-matched for whatever reason.. mostly because I could. The center one kind of looks like a face, so they’ll have that looking up at them when they open it.

Finish is BLO and bee’s wax. It was first time making that. I mixed it all up with mineral spirits in some combination that sounded good, but the flakes of bee’s was weren’t going into solution fast enough for my liking so I made a double boiler system with some pots I had and boy was that the ticket! I applied the first coat that night!

I used bread board ends on the lid, first time for that! three words: cedar is soft. Oak, Walnut and Cherry can take a beating when you are working with them whereas, any little nick will show up on the cedar.

I do like the look of the end grain on the 1/4” cedar dowels… that I had to make.

All in all they loved it.. .and so did everyone else at the wedding.

Update: They sent me a photo of the chest in front of their bed, 1. it fits perfectly, 2. it is stuffed with blankets.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-09-2014 05:48 AM

Great job. People love cedar chests.

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

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#2 posted 11-09-2014 01:13 PM

Beautiful, well built chest.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 11-09-2014 01:13 PM

That is a very nice cedar chest. a family heirloom for sure!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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