Douglas Fir & Cherry Blanket box

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Project by jc066 posted 1933 days ago 3084 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is a local hardwood floor store that usually throws out a fair bit of off cuts and pices that won’y make good flooring. It all goes into there firewood bin. I salvaged most of the wood in this project.

Front and back are douglas fir while the sides and a mix of fir and cherry. The top is all cherry. After gluing I put it in my window for about 10 days just so the UV rays would give the cherry and nice tan before oiling and finishing.

The base is a mix of both Eastern and Western Red Cedar, I had some of both so put it to use. This is all held together with miller 1X dowels, walnut on the more visual wood and birch for the base. The trim of the top is both Doug Fir and E. Red Cedar.

All it finished with a coat of clear stain oil and glossy polyurethane

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#1 posted 1933 days ago

Very nice blanket box/chest.
Did you re-dimensioned the flooring wood or used as it is?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 1933 days ago

Very cool. I bet it smells nice!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 1933 days ago

Cool I like the contrast with the plugs.


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#4 posted 1933 days ago

Most of the wood that I got had one true edge, and one that was right form the mill. I used a power hand planer to take it down to proper dimensional lumber then glued them together. Afterwards I took it through another power planer, simply to lighten up the box. 1 inch lumber can get a bit heavy, but 3/4 is not to bad

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#5 posted 1933 days ago

Great job. Nice use of the salvaged wood.

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#6 posted 1408 days ago

Right on! Cool box… I have a hardwood floor place near my shop, gonna have to start checking them out on Friday evenings! Thanks for the ideas.

-- GX

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#7 posted 207 days ago

What oil and finish did you use? I am making a reclaimed Douglas fir and cherry tea-box.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#8 posted 162 days ago

many apologies for not getting back to your post sooner. i used polyurethane glossy and it has turned out great

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