Mahogany and tiger maple blanket/toy chest

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Project by Julian posted 1968 days ago 8816 views 34 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was the latest on the honey-do list. I built this as a toybox for my daughter Cecilia. The chest was built using African mahogany and tiger maple. I decided to put the new 1 1/2 hp motor in thew bandsaw to the test so I bookmatched all of the panels, including the top ands bottom. I used shellac to seal the wood followed by a laquer topcoat, then buffed it out with paste wax and #0000 steel wool to dull the gloss a bit. This was my first attempt at pegged breadboard ends, and they turned out pretty good. I used bloodwood for the square pegs to match the accents of the rest of the furniture I built for the room. All in all I this was a very fun project to build. I just love the contrast of maple and mahogany!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#1 posted 1968 days ago

This is very beautiful toybox. I like the combination of wood and color.
Great job Julian.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 1968 days ago

That is really beautiful.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#3 posted 1968 days ago

wow this is just beautiful!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 1968 days ago

Great looking piece, your daughter should treasure this forever.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 1968 days ago

Great work on this chest. I especially like how the inside bottom mirrors the top. Great design detail. keep up the good work!

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#6 posted 1968 days ago

I say don’t put toys in it. It is way too nice! This is something she will always cherish.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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#7 posted 1968 days ago

Not your average toy box, that’s for sure!!! Beautiful job!

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

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#8 posted 1968 days ago

The only thing I can think to say is that is beautiful. I love your choices of wood.

Keep up the good work, and keep sharing.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#9 posted 1968 days ago

beautiful chest.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 1942 days ago

beautiful. I wish I could see it in person.

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#11 posted 1936 days ago

Nice, what was your source for the lid support, I keep breaking them on a similar chest that I made.
The ones in your photo look better than what I have found.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#12 posted 1936 days ago

One sweet looking chest.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 1887 days ago

was looking through on some of the projects and came across yours, very nice job indeed…i am a fan of useing contrasting woods…i guess ive seen to many red neck things , where when you started to say somthing about the 1 1/2 horse power motor…i thought it was going to be a motor attached to the glad it was for the band saw….again very nice work..grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 1887 days ago

very nice very cool

-- Custom furniture

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