"From the Bay" Blanket Chest

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Project by AndyPitts posted 06-21-2015 12:05 PM 2075 views 12 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece is along the lines of the Shadows of Night cabinet. Since I milled and dried my own lumber, the curved hardwood bent laminations that make up the case are from local Chesapeake Bay trees, hence the inspiration for the carvings front and back (take a close look at the spooky eyes in the marsh, the frog, the frog’s dinner, and the protective mother dragon fly). I dyed the carvings to make them more visible. The bookmatched cherry crotch laminates on the ends seem to set off the piece. The legs are ebonized white oak laminates, and the top and bottom are walnut with the sapwood intact for some contrasting color. The inner walls are laminated with red cedar. Of note, all the laminates for the case are bent on the same radius, so I had to make only one bending form.

Cherry, walnut, white oak, red cedar, tulip poplar
Shellac Polish Finish

36”H x 51”W x 20”D

Finalist, 2011 Niche Awards

-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia,, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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#1 posted 06-21-2015 12:29 PM

Fantastic! This is really a cut above the designs we see on this post. Very impressive. Care to post any photos of your bending forms and the process?

-- --Dale Page

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#2 posted 06-21-2015 12:34 PM

your work, sure delights..original, graceful,fine craftwork. great to see such wonderful pieces.

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#3 posted 06-21-2015 01:08 PM

Beautiful, I like the curves and the carvings are something else.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 06-21-2015 01:32 PM

Thanks everyone.

Fantastic! This is really a cut above the designs we see on this post. Very impressive. Care to post any photos of your bending forms and the process?

- bannerpond1

Dale, you have given me an idea. Maybe I can make a video for my Saturday in the Woodworking Shop series (see my blog). In the mean time, this video and its followon episode shows some of the same from another project, except in From the Bay I used solid wood and not bending plywood for the laminates.

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-- Andy Pitts, Heathsville, Virginia,, YouTube AndyPitts1000

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#5 posted 06-21-2015 01:36 PM

Those all directions curves are magnificant. Realy unique and beautiful design. I like this ’’swamp’ motive on front side. Legs are awesome too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-21-2015 02:18 PM

Another nice piece Andy. You have a noticeable style and I like it.
Nice balance and wood combinations.
I’m also a fan of ebonizing. It can make a real difference and this is a perfect use of the technique.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 06-21-2015 02:34 PM

Very nice work Andy, a real stand out piece, fantastic design.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 06-21-2015 02:40 PM

Beautiful piece.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#9 posted 06-21-2015 02:47 PM

A true furniture maker! Do you have a helper or an assistant? For if you don’t, then I need to try harder to keep your pace.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#10 posted 06-21-2015 02:47 PM

great lines and imagery

-- Greg Simon

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#11 posted 06-21-2015 03:16 PM

Wonderful piece, thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 06-21-2015 07:54 PM

This is such a beautiful piece. The workmanship is fantastic.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 06-21-2015 08:32 PM

Great design/work

-- Dreaming patterns

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#14 posted 06-21-2015 11:25 PM

Gorgeous! and it reminds me of home… I grew in south eastern Va, so I really like the marsh motif.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#15 posted 06-22-2015 01:00 AM

Andy, This is another fantastic piece. Thank you for the many instructual videos on your site. Much appreciated!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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