Blanket chest for Alex

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Project by rwyoung posted 05-16-2009 08:50 PM 1930 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first time I’ve tried making a piece of furniture from all solid wood. Got the basic design from and the #3 on-line project. Fantastic and learned lots of new techniques. Much practice with the power tools and even more with the hand tools to tune up joints and do the panel carving. Thank you very much Tommy for all the videos you made for this project.

This version is slightly smaller than what the on-line project plans call for. Likewise, the panel carving pattern is not that of the on-line project. I decided I’d rather have a monogram and then thought for a long time about what to do for the rest of the panel space. Finally decided to keep it simple and ended up with the two trees and acorns. The acorn is sometimes used a a symbol of growth and family in heraldric designs so it seemed appropriate here.

Quarter sawn white oak with a pine and cedar floor inside the chest. Now it will be heading off to Boston to be the baby gift for my sister and her husband’s first child Alex.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#1 posted 05-16-2009 09:09 PM

Outstanding job! I watch a lot of T-chisel’s video’s

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#2 posted 05-16-2009 09:27 PM

Very nice work looks great . I like Tommy He’s quite a guy. after all” who’s better than Him”

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#3 posted 05-16-2009 09:31 PM

That is quite a chest, looks wonderful! :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 09:45 PM

Outstanding piece!

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#5 posted 05-16-2009 10:33 PM

T is going to be proud! nice chest.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 10:43 PM

Great details!

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

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 11:09 PM

Great work! What finish did you use?

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#8 posted 05-16-2009 11:40 PM

RW. Ive been following your progress at TC’s forum. Man you have done an outstanding job on that blanket chest. Can’t wait to see your NEXT project.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#9 posted 05-16-2009 11:50 PM

Great project… and great cause…


-- Happy and safe woodworking,

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#10 posted 05-16-2009 11:53 PM

Nice Blanket Chest.

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#11 posted 05-17-2009 12:01 AM

Nice looking chest. The carvings really dress it up. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 05-17-2009 02:07 AM

Nicely done.

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#13 posted 05-17-2009 02:16 AM

The panel work is truly amazing. Congrats on a fantastic family heirloom!

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#14 posted 05-17-2009 07:24 AM

I’m impressed with this piece. Great selection of material and methods. The panels are nicely balanced and executed.

Thanks for link … I check it out

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 05-17-2009 03:30 PM

Very nicely executed – love the panels.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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