Oak Blanket Chest

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Project by Carbide posted 08-16-2015 06:11 PM 754 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine owns a California King size bed and was wanting an extra large blanket chest for the foot of the bed. I built him this one which is 5 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 21 inches tall. I used all solid oak except for the bottom I used oak plywood due to wood movement. I didn’t want any issues with the bottom blowing out an end. The lid was 42 pounds so I used three of the self supporting hinges and three of the strongest lid supports that I could buy. For the finish I used oil based Minwax early American stain, one coat of de-waxed shellac, and four coats of Aquacoat water based lacquer. I used the shellac to seal the oil based finish from the water based top coats. We traded labor for labor. It took me a month to build this project and he tilled up and re-seeded my lawn which took him a day. I think he got the better deal…

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#1 posted 08-16-2015 06:46 PM

That is AWESOME!!!! Beautiful chest carbide. If the lid weighs that much, how much does the whole thing come in at???

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 08-16-2015 08:59 PM

I love this chest. You really did a nice job on it.

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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#3 posted 08-16-2015 09:20 PM

Great job

-- I have to remember this is a hobby..

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#4 posted 08-16-2015 10:27 PM

Great looking chest! I’d definitely say he got the better deal. He’ll never have to mow it, water it, or fertilizer it.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#5 posted 08-17-2015 02:28 PM

Beautiful chest

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 08-18-2015 02:46 AM

I totally love it. You out did your friend’s work by a country mile!

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#7 posted 08-19-2015 01:35 PM

Buster – I have no idea how much it ended up weighing. I needed assistance when flipping it to put the finish on.

Rich – LOL you are definitely right!! That is a maintenance free blanket chest!! Hmmm that could be a good sales pitch!!

Thanks for the comments guys!!

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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