Vilkman Blanket Chest

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Project by CL810 posted 01-30-2015 05:47 PM 2214 views 6 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chest is based on a J-P Vilkman design from the book “Blanket Chests” by Scott Gibson and Peter Turner. Vilkman is from Finland and I believe his design reflects that. it is made of cherry and Birdseye maple. All of the panels are veneered furniture grade plywood and the rest of the chest is solid wood. Accents are ebony. This was a perfect challenge for me as I wanted to practice mortise and tenon joinery and veneers.

I resawed the veneers and planed the veneers to .09” thin. (That’s machine planed btw.)

I had an old HVAC vacuum that I used for the veneering and it worked great. Since this was my first attempt at veneering pieces this large I wanted as much time as I could get for laying out the veneers so I used Titebond Extend.

I gotta thank my buds on the Furniture Makers Forum for their help. There were a few “oh no!” moments during the build that they walked me thru. That thread is a great resource and I would encourage everyone building furniture to visit and share.

Thanks for looking!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#1 posted 01-30-2015 05:54 PM

Superb craftsmanship Andy! That is one great looking chest.
I really like the shape of the legs, flaired at the feet and curving out and up, very elegant.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#2 posted 01-30-2015 05:55 PM

Oh my. Great build Andy! I really like the design and choice of wood species. Very cool project!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#3 posted 01-30-2015 05:58 PM

Outstanding. I really like the arms and the through tenons.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#4 posted 01-30-2015 06:07 PM

Man that’s a sharp piece of furniture!

Hey don’t tell anyone over on the furniture forum that your a better furniture maker than I am. K thanks;-)

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

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#5 posted 01-30-2015 06:18 PM

Looking good. I like the design, even though I typically prefer the A&C stuff.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#6 posted 01-30-2015 06:36 PM

Thanks guys. Red don’t you worry, even my Mom wouldn’t start that rumor!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#7 posted 01-30-2015 07:16 PM

NICE JOB ANDY (some day some day i wish i can dream that i made one)
i will tell them all red


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#8 posted 01-30-2015 07:28 PM

Damn nice work!

Beautiful chest, too!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 01-30-2015 07:32 PM

What’s not to like!? The ebony on the proud, through-tenons is great, as is the surprise maple on the inside of the lid! Thanks for sharing, Andy.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 01-30-2015 07:54 PM

Well this turned out really well! The maple and cherry go great together, and I love those curved legs!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#11 posted 01-30-2015 08:02 PM

Looks great!
Very nice veneering. The matches are very pleasing to the eye.

Thanks for posting.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#12 posted 01-30-2015 08:10 PM

Very nice.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#13 posted 01-30-2015 08:36 PM

beautiful peice

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#14 posted 01-30-2015 09:36 PM

Insert the whistle sound here __. That is sharp and clean. Well done!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#15 posted 01-30-2015 10:19 PM

Andy, my congratulations with yet another great build! Awesome!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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