Office in a Chest

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Project by Tiffani4 posted 03-11-2015 04:33 AM 1622 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a blanket chest that I use for files and office supplies. I wanted place by the front door for people to sit down to put on their shoes and I wanted to get the file cabinet out of the front room. This piece does both. It is made with an Ikea toy box (cut to size), purple heart, wood stickers and a pine panel. The pattern is based on the size of the purple heart (5.5” wide) and the Golden Ratio. The purple heart was resawn so I could book match the panels on the front and sides and have enough for the project. The stickers are from work and started 4’ long and about 2.5” square. One of the stickers warped after it was cut. I used that arc and the burn logo as design detail on the front of the chest. All the pieces’ shapes were fine tuned to fit as I glued them on to the box. I used biscuits on the back of the legs to give extra support for the weight of the box. The lid is a pine panel attached with and piano hinge with a soft close lid stay. I took a sample of the purple heart to the fabric store to find matching fabric. There is ¾” thick foam under the fabric. The finish is many coats of Deft Clear Wood Finish Semi-Gloss Brushing Lacquer. Of course, any handmade box needs a secret. I added a secret drawer but haven’t put in a secret latch, yet.
Picture 1 – Finished chest
Picture 2 – Part way through glue up
Picture 3 – After several coats, shows off the book matching Picture 4 – Showing inside and drawer
Picture 5 – Purple heart treatment. Long board on bottom is resawn. Top left is baked for about an hour at 300 degrees. Top right is baked and wiped with a mild acid. Thank you to Jim for giving me the idea of heating purple heart.

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#1 posted 03-13-2015 06:39 PM

Did you really say Ikea . Well at least you made it better. :)

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#2 posted 03-14-2015 03:11 AM

Yes, I did say Ikea. It was a toy box that turned out to be very impractical because if anything heavier then stuffed animals was put in it you couldn’t move it. So it has been sitting around with no purpose in life. After walking past it for months while trying to figure out how I could make the box strong enough to hold files it dawned on me that I could give this box a new lease on life and get my project out of the design stage. I forgot to put the dimensions in my description. 19”H x 18”D x 32”W

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