walnut and oak and blanket chest

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Project by woodnut posted 2658 days ago 1940 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I posted the pics of the walnut and oak table I mentioned that I was building my wife this chest so I have just finished up and thought I would share some pics. There were two first for me on this project.1) The first time I’ve tried splines on the mitered corners.2)The first time I’ve tried to install the lock. The splines were not that hard,but the lock really gave me some trouble.Hope you enjoy the pics and all comments are welcome good or bad.Thanks for looking.

-- F.Little

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#1 posted 2658 days ago

THAT is a work of art! Well done, absolutely beautiful! Your wife must be very pleased and proud.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#2 posted 2658 days ago

Hi Woodnut,

This is superb ! What a top !

have a good day


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#3 posted 2658 days ago

This is beautiful. Is that top solid would or veneer? Did you do the bookmatching? What is the finish?

Thanks for sharing.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 2658 days ago

Thanks for the comments.Don it is a solid wood top and yes I did the bookmatching.The finish is 3 coats orange shallec rubbed out with 600grit and mineral oil and two coats poly and then rubbed out with paste wax. Almost forgot the oak got a wipe of golden pecan,done that to bring out the grain better.

-- F.Little

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#5 posted 2658 days ago

The only thing I can say is “UNBELIEVEABLE” (in a good way).


-- Make Dust

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#6 posted 2658 days ago

Woodnut, you’re showing good wood here. Masterful art work. Love that grain on the top and that shine! Thank you for sharing with us.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 2658 days ago

Great looking Blanket Chest. She should be real happy with it. What did you use for cedar. Big box store cledar closet liners?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#8 posted 2658 days ago

Very nice piece. I like the contrast of the woods and the craftsmanship is excellent. I’m with the majority – the top really jumps out at you. Beautiful grain and finish.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 2657 days ago

gorgeous. The top—wow.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 2657 days ago

The first pic says it all for me. There’s nothing quite as pretty as a big expanse of well-finished walnut.

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

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#11 posted 2657 days ago

Beautiful piece!

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#12 posted 2657 days ago

Absolutely beautiful.

Great chest.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#13 posted 2657 days ago

Gorgeous piece!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#14 posted 2657 days ago

The cedar was from a log I had cut last year. I resawed the boards to a little over 1/4” and thanks guys and gals for all the great comments, as I have said before walnut is my favorite wood to work with the patterns you can get is to me like no other.

-- F.Little

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#15 posted 2636 days ago

Live the inside lining and the contrasting finishes outside – very impressive.

-- -- Skee from MN

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