|Project by oldguy2||posted 05-19-2015 12:02 AM||1564 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
Thanks to my son for a short move back home and a chance to photograph his blanket chest I made him
5 years ago. short sighted on my part, photograph more work….
This is a redesign of Norm Abrams chest. Smaller and a different base. size top 39 by 18. box 36 by 16 H by 15 wide lower base 38 by 18. legs 2.5 high by 6 inch with corner blocks. piano hinge.
Breadboard edge and tongue and groove frame and panels gave Norms chest in pine a distinct look but it was too big for my needs. find his plans and how he did it in his book and still on utube. I was so unsure of the look I sketched this on butcher paper …3inch frames and 3 inch center and 36 total width. But the visual did more than was it proportional it really gave me the true measurements of all the pieces and how to allow for the tongue and groove. sketchup wasn’t there and good old pencil paper was great. I did not do the shaker flat panels like Norm but have a vertical raised panel bit for the router and there are 6 panels altogether so I did a few practice cuts and then did them. I had done a few raised panels on the table saw and the router table this way and I like the wavy edge..its easy to increment the fence back to increase the cut. the finish I used was tung oil which really gives the cherry a burst of red and then I guessed it would be a coffee table so I gave the top 3 coats of wax…I was wrong it held clothes. But it is coffee table height. The breadboard edge was the most challenging for me with getting enough wood centered, since using 3/4 that only allows a 1/4 inch on each side I remember doing a bit of swearing here and there. but the haunch conceals the front nicely as it should.