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Project by jeffreymbdavis posted 04-29-2009 05:40 AM 1469 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is basically the “T-Chisel” blanket chest, with a few modifications.

I made it to:

1) Try a carving project
2) Regain some skills (out of the shop x 4 years with work/moving)
3) Make a gift for a family member.

I’m pretty happy with the results. The wood is crap, and I paid no attention to grain pattern, etc.

Fun practice project.

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#1 posted 04-29-2009 06:40 AM

Your blanket chest looks great.. doesn’t matter what wood you used, it will have a nice rustic/country pilgram feel after you finish it. What finish were you thinking about using? How many hours do you in it so far? What made you omit the bead detail? just a design decision or availability of the custom beading bit from Burns Tools?

Tommy would be proud of your project and likes to know others are building his projects. You’ll have to post a picture of it on his forum and let the others know how your experience went. I have the QSWO picked out and waiting to do the project as well.. need to wrap up some other larger projects for the wife before I start something else.

-- Scott, Colorado

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#2 posted 04-29-2009 06:59 AM

That Tommy’s a kick and a outstanding craftsman. When do you start your Bombay? Nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 04-29-2009 08:31 AM

Are you carving free hand? Add some close ups, they look good from what I can see.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 04-29-2009 11:23 AM

Very nice chest.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 04-29-2009 01:11 PM

Very nice chest. Thanks for sharing

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#6 posted 04-30-2009 04:22 AM

There is nothing garbage about the chest. the grain pattern looks fine to me.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 04-30-2009 05:58 AM

thanks for all the feedback.

i skipped the beading detail just to save some time. i regret that decision now – but i’m planning to build another blanket chest out of different materials.

i also simplified the carving pattern, because it was overwhelming for my first try.

i’ll tell you, i watched tommy’s videos about a million times, and they were incredibly helpful. not just the technical parts, which were amazing. he’s just so positive about the process. how many times does he say “guys, you can do this!” i felt really encouraged, and frankly inspired to try to take my woodworking to another level.

i thought it was a great project.

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