Blanket chest

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Project by Don Newton posted 2066 days ago 1534 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t think I will ever be able to sell a project. Why? Because I have a daughter with a house! Dad….I NEED a blanket chest, and of course, she gets one. It is rather long but is made for the width of her bed. I used some left over 24” x 24” Pommele Sapele panels for the sides and solid Sapele for the base. I just love the grain of the Pommele. I used a clear finish and am expecting the veneer to darken naturally. The top is another story. You don’t have to look very close to see that I am no upholsterer. The lid is fitted with toy box supports to hold it up. The handles on the ends are also left overs. I finished the inside with left over house paint. Hey…maybe I should call it “The Left Over Chest”! Actually, the only thing I had to buy was the waterbased Polyurethane for the topcoat. Now, If I can get her to pick it up I can begin on her next project.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#1 posted 2066 days ago

Very nice, I like the grain pattern, if you are looking for something to put your feet up on this looks more comfortable then my tables.

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#2 posted 2066 days ago

Thats a nice chest!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 2066 days ago

That is a really pretty chest. The upholstered top is probably a lot more comfortable to sit on than a board for putting on your socks and shoes… So is that veneered plywood? Where did you get it?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#4 posted 2066 days ago

nice job looks great

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 2066 days ago

Speaking from experince, you are your own worst critic. I think that I can speak for many here, that is one good looking chest. I think you did a great job.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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Don Newton

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#6 posted 2065 days ago

The material was sapele veneer on MDF. Believe it or not I had 8 pieces that were samples for a job. Those logs are so large you could panel a football stadium with the veneer from just one.
Thank you for the kind words. I hope I always remain a critic of my work. Down with wobble dados!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#7 posted 2065 days ago

Beautiful chest, and I know what you mean about everything you make goes through the boss first. If she don’t want it then I can give it to whoever I want.

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

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Dominic Vanacora

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#8 posted 2063 days ago

This is going to my Favorite list. I love the wood and painting the inside is a great change. I don’t know about house paint but paint’s paint.
Using MDF will also keep it from moving. The toy hinges is a good idea you never know when a little one is do.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#9 posted 2058 days ago

Simply stunning grain and a wonderful project overall : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#10 posted 1897 days ago

The upholstery looks great. The grain pattern is outstanding. I am a chest builder and I can quote a friend on this. ” I love it when someone touches my chest, then gives me a compliment” He said that in a middle of a craft fair after a guy was checking out his work! The guy looked at him, then me,then him again, shrugged laughing and walked away…..true story.

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#11 posted 1897 days ago

Nice chest nice wood

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 245 days ago

Where do you get pomelle sapele? It is insane looking!

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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