Blanket Chest

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Project by CodyC posted 01-05-2009 04:00 AM 2501 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a chest that I completed recently made of walnut and cherry. The finish is danish oil with a few coats of polyurethane and wax on the top. It also has an adjustable tension flap stay to keep fingers from being crushed. Constructive criticism is welcome…

-- Cody Crisp

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#1 posted 01-05-2009 04:29 AM

I love walnut and cherry. Looks great!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-05-2009 04:39 AM

Looks great. This is one project that I want to do again. These chests make great gifts.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 01-05-2009 05:07 AM

Nice looking blanket chest.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 01-05-2009 05:13 AM

Constructive criticism? I don’t have any I think it is beautiful and well made.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#5 posted 01-05-2009 05:15 AM

It looks very good. I hope I can build one like that oneday.

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#6 posted 01-05-2009 05:53 AM

well done … walnut and cherry are great together

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 01-05-2009 06:03 AM

Nicely done. I like the wide rim around the top. Grain looks super!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 01-05-2009 06:28 AM

Looks fantastic! I’m getting up the nerve to make a chest as my next project and you’ve provided the inspiration

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 01-05-2009 06:33 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. that’s a dandy chest. Love the combination of Walnut and cherry.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 01-05-2009 06:43 AM

Cody thats a nice blanket chest.

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#11 posted 01-05-2009 12:21 PM

Very nice chest and looks spacious!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 01-05-2009 02:10 PM

Looks great. Walnut & Cherry really work well together! Thanks for including info on the finish.

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#13 posted 01-05-2009 05:26 PM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone. The dimensions are roughly 22”H 44”L 20”D. I am very happy with the final dimensions since I was unsure how it would turn out when I started. I built it from a plan I found online and followed the dimensions from the plans pretty closely.

-- Cody Crisp

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#14 posted 01-05-2009 07:26 PM

Very Very nice design. The combination of woods work well together. There is one think that you may want to keep in mine in the future.
When I once worked for Home Depot in the hardware dept. I was the guy that build there wooden project and demo’ed to the customers. Well I was given a plan along with maybe 1500-2000 other stores. The day before the demo the Lawyers got into the act. I was asked to change the design to allow space for fingers under the cover. This of course was for small childern. The tops are very heavy depending on the material and the size. I see as you noted that the cover has an air shock to prevent this from happening. But every thing breaks sooner or later. So Keep this in mine on your next project.

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

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#15 posted 01-05-2009 07:33 PM

Dominic, thanks for the advice. Do you know of an example showing a design that leaves space for fingers under the top? I’m a visual learner.

-- Cody Crisp

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